Brilliant Brummies Win National Awards

Volunteers from FoodCycle Birmingham won two awards at the national FoodCycle Conference in London earlier this month.

FoodCycle Birmingham Aston received the ‘Up for the Challenge Award’ and FoodCycle Birmingham South Yardley won the ‘Bouncing Back Award’.

The projects in Aston and South Yardley are part of 33 projects across the UK, where volunteers use surplus food collected from supermarkets and retailers to cook healthy, three-course meals for people living in food poverty.

Both projects have overcome significant challenges this year but have still been able to serve record numbers of guests.

The team leaders received their awards at the annual FoodCycle Conference, where they gathered with 85 volunteers from across the UK to continue their work in fighting food poverty.

FoodCycle Birmingham runs in partnership with Birmingham Settlement, a community organisation who provide services for vulnerable people in the Aston area. They cook a healthy meal at Birmingham Settlement every Sunday lunchtime.

FoodCycle Birmingham South Yardley is the second FoodCycle project in the city, serving dinners at South Yardley Methodist Church each Tuesday evening.

Cheryl Hardy, Regional Manager for FoodCycle said: “With a largely new team, Birmingham Aston are coming back stronger than ever.  They’ve had to learn quickly and think on their feet, all while serving record numbers of guests and welcoming lots of local families with small children.

The team at South Yardley have rebuilt over the past year and create a lovely, welcoming atmosphere at their meals each week, making sure that nobody is left on their own.”

FoodCycle is an award-winning national charity that builds communities by combining volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create nutritious meals for people at risk from food poverty and social isolation.

FoodCycle guests are often living in food poverty: 85% are struggling to afford energy bills, groceries and rent payments, and over 70% of guests are forced to skip meals in the week.

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