London Meals Charity launches 6 new London initiatives

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A London food charity that turns surplus food into three-course vegetarian meals opens in six new boroughs of London.

FoodCycle provides free weekly meals to anyone who needs them at 11 locations across the capital, but as the cost-of-living crisis continues to deepen, it’s ramping up its operations to feed hundreds more people each week.

It will open six new centers this year and by 2024 aims to feed over 4,000 people in 30 London boroughs with over 126,000kg of excess food – roughly the weight of 25 African elephants.

The expansion of the service is made possible by a £174,800 grant from the City Bridge Trust, the charitable funder of the City of London Corporation.

Giles Shilson, Chairman of the City Bridge Trust said:

“The service that FoodCycle offers is a simple yet very effective way to turn food that would otherwise go to waste into healthy, nutritious meals.

“As the cost of living crisis begins to hit millions of Londoners, this funding will help fight food poverty, loneliness and isolation in London across the capital.”

Funding from the City Bridge Trust will allow FoodCycle to open new community meal projects at six locations over the next year, the first of which will be in King’s Cross and Waltham Forest.

It will also support the charity’s existing operations in Bow Road, East Ham, Finsbury Park, Hackney, Islington, Lewisham, Kilburn, Marylebone, Peckham, Wandsworth Road and White City.

FoodCycle says the coronavirus pandemic, the rising cost of living and the effects of the war in Ukraine are pushing more people into food poverty and increasing demand for its services.

Tom Osborne, Manager of FoodCycle Trusts and Foundations said:

“What we are seeing at the moment is that people are struggling – those we support have been further pressured and it is inevitable that more people will fall into poverty and hardship.

“Our meals help our guests eat healthier, try new foods and save money. They also have the really important benefit of helping people feel less lonely and more connected to their community by coming together in a safe place and making new friends.”

For more information about the London Food Cycle catering service, visit www.foodcycle.org.uk

The City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, is London’s largest independent grantor, providing grants in excess of £25m a year to address disadvantage across the capital – www.citybridgetrust.org.uk