Highlighting a growing need across the region as people prepare for rising bills this winter, FoodCycle will open its 4th East Midlands-based Project next month in Sneinton, Nottingham. The new weekly community meal from the charity that strives to make food poverty, loneliness and food waste a thing of the past, will launch on 12th October.
The new Project is in urgent need of volunteers to help run the weekly free meal at the Bakersfield Community Centre on Sneinton Dale. Local volunteers will get to experience the ‘FoodCycle magic’ - transforming surplus food into delicious vegetarian dishes alongside a friendly chat to anyone in the community who fancies coming along every Thursday at 6pm.
FoodCycle East Midlands Regional Manager Martha Skinner says:”We are so pleased to be opening up a Project in Sneinton, our forth in Nottingham, to provide a safe, welcoming space for anyone in the community no questions asked. Guests will be able to share tasty food made with ingredients saved from landfill; and enjoy warm conversation around a nicely laid table. Our Projects rely on the kindness of volunteers to help run our service and we are asking for local residents who are willing to give up a few hours each week to get in touch with us.”
FoodCycle Needs You
FoodCycle Sneinton is looking to recruit new volunteers. Flexible volunteer roles without a minimum time commitment are open to anyone and include surplus food coordinators, cooking, hosting and running Projects.
Whether you’re a food waste warrior, a whizz in the kitchen, at back to uni after the summer or can’t wait to get chatting with guests, volunteering with FoodCycle is heaps of fun.
Chris, FoodCycle volunteer says: “It’s always lovely to see the smile on guests faces and the warm, welcoming atmosphere of our community meals. But also the energy and enthusiasm of our volunteers as we push ourselves to create and serve restaurant-quality meals. I've also learnt that there are pretty much no limits to the diversity of vegetarian food - we've hardly repeated dishes in my six years of volunteering!”
Without volunteers, FoodCycle cannot provide a vital service to the community who have come to rely on the chance to sit down to a free, three-course meal every week. Particularly as the cost of living crisis will continue this winter with everything from heating bills and food costs at an all time high.
Why do communities need projects like FoodCycle?
FoodCycle recently released a research report highlighting how ‘community dining’ is the answer to tackling loneliness and food insecurity. Written by social eating and community food systems expert, Dr Marsha Smith of Coventry University and supported by a survey of 2,000 people*. The survey found that near to 2 in 3 agree that not enough is being done by local councils to promote community dining projects. It also highlighted that we are a nation of solo diners, with 24% saying that they eat alone every day of the week, Yet, one in two believe mental health is benefited by eating together. In terms of hurdles to finding social connection, it found that 96% of the population have not heard of community dining projects but near to one in two would attend if one was available in their area.
Opening on 12th October 2023, the free weekly meal at FoodCycle Sneinton will take place every Thursday from 6pm at Bakersfield Community Centre, 312 Sneinton Dale, Nottingham, NG3 7DN
Other FoodCycle East Midlands Projects:
FoodCycle Nottingham Broxtowe-Aspley every Tuesday at 6pm Woven St Martha's Church and Hope Centre, 137-139 Frinton Rd, Nottingham, NG8 6GR
FoodCycle Sutton-in-Ashfield every Wednesday from 6pm at The Magdalene Centre, Church Avenue, Sutton-in-Ashfield, NG17 2EB
FoodCycle Sneinton every Sunday from 1pm at Central Methodist Church, Baker Street, Hucknall, Nottingham, NG15 7AS