LOCAL HEROES: Food charity will continue to provide free meals during lockdown 3
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FoodCycle, the charity that fights food poverty and loneliness will continue to provide free takeaway meals and delivery to people in need across Birmingham during the current national lockdown.
Under ‘normal’ circumstances, FoodCycle volunteers take surplus food and turn it into nutritious community meals, with the aim of reducing food waste, food poverty and tackling social isolation. The meals are open to all, and guests range from low-income families, people affected by homelessness and those who cannot afford to buy food.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak and government guidelines on social distancing, FoodCycle quickly adapted to delivering food parcels and has now moved to providing their Cook and Collect takeaway service. To help combat social isolation, they also launched their Check-in and Chat service, where volunteers call guests for a weekly natter.
As a vital service providing food and conversation to thousands of people every week across the country, FoodCycle projects can legally operate. As with other takeaway services and with additional COVID-19 policies and procedures already in place, under the new rules, they can continue to provide much needed food to local communities.
68% of FoodCycle guests worry that they can't afford to live and rely on FoodCycle’s weekly meals and 80% of FoodCycle guests who attended with children told us they have skipped meals this year because they could not afford or access food.
FoodCycle CEO Mary McGrath MBE says: ”Our number one priority will always be the safety and welfare of our guests and volunteers and we will continue to work with our teams, volunteers and venues to maintain our high standards and keep everyone as safe as possible while delivering this vital service to vulnerable people across the country.”
Under the new restrictions FoodCycle guests can continue to collect nutritious food for themselves and their households.
Those unable to visit their local FoodCycle project due to self-isolating or shielding can ask a friend, neighbour or family member to collect on their behalf legally under the ‘’reasonable excuse’’ category.
Those who fall under the category of critically vulnerable or have been told to shield can access extra provision through NHS Responders.
A FoodCycle Guest says: “It makes me very happy that Foodcycle are still looking out for people and caring for the community during this time.”
Foodcycle Birmingham is currently operating projects at the following locations:
- Birmingham Falcon Lodge Community Centre for Cook and Collect every Monday from 3–4pm as well as weekly deliveries
- Birmingham Longbridge is running a temporary food parcel weekly delivery service to those living in B31 and B45 area
For more information on Foodcycle visit their website
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