Tackling food poverty and loneliness

Providing healthy cooked takeaway meals for people struggling to make ends meet and weekly calls to help overcome social isolation.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1134423)

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Championed by Local to London Fund


  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Homeless/RefugeHomeless/Refuge
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities


United Kingdom

  • "I get a healthy meal at the same time each week which is the only regular meal that I have. It also helps to lift depression."

    — FoodCycle Guest

  • "The food is amazing here and I really enjoy it. It’s always so healthy and it always amazes me how they can turn recycled food into such amazing food."

    — Guest at FoodCycle Salford Langworthy

  • "It’s been really rewarding to hear how much of a difference Foodcycle has made to people. Everyone is so grateful and it’s nice to feel part of a community and doing something positive during these crazy times."

    — Check-in and Chat Volunteer


Coronavirus has pushed more people into food poverty than ever in recent times. The Office for National Statistics reports that 2.6 million households are struggling to cover expenses such as energy and food. Meanwhile 5 million tonnes of edible food is wasted in the UK every year. Many of the people we serve regularly skip meals and have only basic cooking facilities. Huge numbers in the UK suffer from loneliness and the social isolation of this pandemic has exacerbated this.


We will create nutritious meals from food that would otherwise go to waste and distribute them at community kitchens in areas of social deprivation. For some, this will be the only cooked meal they will have all week. Until we can reopen our community meals, we will provide a cooked meal and bag of food surplus for people to come and collect. We will help people overcome social isolation through our Check-in and Chat phone service which enables guests to have a friendly chat with a volunteer.