Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
FoodCycle makes a difference to the lives of many. Each guest has different needs, yet all are made welcome at our projects.
"I don't have any food at home because I only have £8 a week to live on, so FoodCycle is a godsend to me. The food service and volunteers are fantastic" Guest, FoodCycle Durham
"I come here because I was on the streets, sleeping on park benches. The only way I can describe homelessness is humiliating. Out of 10, I'd give FoodCycle 11! People leave here with happy faces and full tummies."
Guest, FoodCycle Manchester
"Since my husband died I don't like to cook just for myself, so this is perfect ...no matter who you are, you are always made to feel welcome". 87-year-old guest at FoodCycle Cambridge
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
Since May 2019, we have opened 19 community 'hubs' and one FoodCycle cafe. We have served over 112,000 meals, reclaimed over 130,000 kg of food (the equivalent of saving 585,000kg in CO2 emissions), and our network of volunteers have given over 89,000 hours of their time.
73% of guests are eating more fruit and veg since attending FoodCycle
85% have made new friends
80% of FoodCycle cafe customers are more aware of food waste
89% of volunteers feel more inclined to get involved in other community activities.
Our scaling means that by 2017 42 FoodCycle hubs will serve 51,000 meals each year, using over 100,000kg of surplus food that would otherwise be wasted. An additional cafe will provide 100 training opportunities each year for people looking to develop the skills and confidence to gain employment, whilst providing affordable meals in a highly deprived area.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
FoodCycle has developed a social franchise model that enables growth in a sustainable and effective way. Hubs are run by partner organisations who recognise the benefits of working with FoodCycle in terms of tapping into our surplus food supply, recruiting volunteers, and using our brand to attract funding and support. Our cafe model also has the potential to be a UK-wide programme, and we are currently in discussions with both commercial and non-profit organisations to find a suitable model for scaling up.
We will continue to campaign to ensure less food is wasted.