Serving up a milestone
Volunteers at FoodCycle Finsbury Park have served up their 1,000th meal to guests just nine months after the scheme launched in the area.
The meal on Saturday 27 January 2017, attended by local Jeremy Corbyn MP for Islington North, celebrates a tremendous achievement by local volunteers. Week after week they have not only provided a hot meal and company to guests, but also rescued lots of food from going to waste.
Guests arrived at 1pm for a hearty and nutritious three-course meal made from surplus food donated by nearby suppliers.
The weekly meal is masterminded by local volunteers and combats loneliness, food poverty and food waste with good company and tasty meals.
Mary McGrath, FoodCycle CEO, says: “This milestone for the Finsbury Park project is a testament to the dedication of our volunteers who are helping to unite the community with free meals made from surplus food.
“It is wonderful to see our projects providing a regular source of comfort and nourishment to new and familiar faces each week with something as simple as a warming meal and a friendly hello.”
Peter Bradley, a Project Leader at FoodCycle Finsbury Park, says: “For me, FoodCycle and our Finsbury Park project gives me such a buzz – it’s like Ready Steady cook every week and I have the opportunity to work with other such lovely volunteers. It is so brilliant to be able to tackle food waste, food poverty and loneliness.
“We are building such a lovely local community of volunteers from all walks of life, young and not so young, sharing a passion for healthy food with our guests and for a few hours each week we are able to make the world a better place.”
FoodCycle Finsbury Park has been running since April 2017 and is part of national charity FoodCycle that runs 35 projects across the country, with several based in London.
If you are interested in volunteering visit the FoodCycle website.