Volunteers needed to help provide free meals to the Leeds community

FoodCycle is on the hunt for volunteers in Leeds to help provide free meals to the local community. Launching at St Aidan’s Church in Harehills on 30th September and taking place every Thursday from 6.30pm, the new Project invites locals to join FoodCycle volunteers for a friendly chat and wholesome meal made with food that would otherwise have gone to waste.  

Mathew Milner, FoodCycle Yorkshire & Teesside Regional Manager says: ”We are thrilled to be bringing our weekly community meals to Harehills, Leeds. Over the past year particularly, we’ve seen first-hand the positive effects of our service – from forming new connections to improving mental health – can have and can’t wait to invite Leeds locals to experience the magic of a FoodCycle meal. We’re open to anyone, no questions asked – and we’re asking local residents to help us by signing up as volunteers or simply spreading the word.”  

Aiming to make food poverty, loneliness and food waste a thing of the past, FoodCycle aims to provide food and conversation to local communities across the country. With the additional aim of reducing food waste, FoodCycle volunteers create nutritious meals from surplus food. The meals are open to all, and guests’ range from low-income families, people affected by job security and homelessness; to people who simply want to connect with members of their community.  No questions asked, people just turn up and take a seat.

Created in April 2020 in response to the first national lockdown, FoodCycle’s Check-in and Chat service is also available to local residents. Helping to combat the rising issue of social isolation, volunteers call guests for a weekly natter and lend an ear to those who feel lonely.

FoodCycle Needs You

FoodCycle Leeds is looking to recruit new volunteers and Project Leaders. Flexible volunteer roles without a minimum time commitment are open to anyone and include food collection, surplus food coordinators, cooking, hosting and running Projects. Weekly volunteer slots start from 5.30pm & 6.00pm every Thursday and can be signed up on an ad hoc basis.  

FoodCycle Leeds Harehills is a new project and launches a weekly community meal service on 30th September which will every Thursday from 6.30pm 

For more information on FoodCycle visit http://www.foodcycle.org.uk/

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