News story published on 5 July 2017
Due to its success, the FoodCycle Peterborough Hub is moving to a new location, where bigger premises will enable the team to serve food to more than 80 people. From 10 July 2017 FoodCycle Peterborough will be cooking every Monday at the Baptist Church on Park Road, Peterborough, with lunch being served from 12.30 to 1.30pm. This move also sees the lunch service change days, from a Thursday to a Monday.
FoodCycle, supported by Cross Keys Homes, is a volunteer led hub that takes unsold, surplus food from supermarkets and transforms it into healthy and nutritious 3-course meals for the homeless as well as those facing food poverty and social isolation. The meals are free and anyone is welcome. Due to the success of the project, which has grown from a small team feeding a dozen people a week, to a rota of 25 people feeding between 50 and 80 people every week, larger premises were required to enable the hub to continue to grow.
With the amazing support of Morrisons, Tesco, Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Waitrose, FoodCycle Peterborough volunteers have prevented over 10.5 tonnes of unwanted food from going to landfill and served more than 3,200 meals.
FoodCycle Hub leader Sarah Holland says: “The new venue is fantastic and will enable us to feed even more people who could really benefit from a hot, nutritious meal. The support we've received from supermarkets and other companies around the city has been phenomenal and our volunteers are nothing short of amazing.
“Our lunch times are a real high point of the week for our guests and also our volunteers. People really enjoy sitting down and having a meal in the company of others, and we love being able to provide them with that. As well as meeting new people our guests are also able to access some of the other agencies that can provide them with help. Many of our guests tell us they look forward to their lunch with us each week, and our volunteers love it too - we wouldn’t keep doing it if we didn’t!"
Anyone interested in volunteering should come along to the Baptist Church on Park Road between 12:30 and 1:30 on any Monday, or you can find us on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/FoodCyclePeterborough. No kitchen experience necessary, just a willingness to lend a hand.