FoodCycle Bristol have launched an exciting new project to put edible surplus food to good use. Between 30 and 50% of food grown for human consumption world wide is wasted, we see this as a massive environmental and humanitarian catastrophy, whilst, in Bristol, many people are living in poverty without access to healthy, nutritious food.

FoodCycle Bristol run a weekly community meal on a Saturday in Barton Hill, with the aid of volunteers we use surplus food to cook a nutritious vegetarian meal, free, for up to 40 people. Find out more www.foodcycle.org.uk.

FoodCycle Connects’ goal is to eliminate food waste by collecting and distributing surplus food, whilst educating and campaigning about food waste issues. We prioritise charities and good causes, but ultimately feed bellies, not bins, anywhere.

We collect food from 10 supermarkets and independent grocers in North and East Bristol and transport the food by bicycle (with a trailer) to charities across Bristol. Currently Borderlands, 16–25 Independent People, St Marks community cafe and Kensington Baptist church receive the food every week. Check out our blog on the journey of our surplus food and find out how it’s put to good use. We focus on healthy food and each week we distribute around 300 ‘portions’ to these charities, getting good food to those who need it most.

We’ve been distributing food twice a week for 6 months, all managed by a team of fantastic volunteers, we need volunteer cyclists and coordinators to keep this project going. We are also ready to expand, so we’re looking for more places to collect food from, and more good causes who can make use of it.

Sign up as a cycling volunteer here

For more information about getting involved in the coordinating team, donating surplus food, or receiving food, email bristolconnects@foodcycle.org.uk.

During Bristol Healthy City Week we’ll be running our weekly meal as usual on Saturdays 15 and 21 October, we expect it to be really busy, and we’re organising a family healthy cooking event at Pheonix café on Sunday 16 October. If you’d like to get involved with either please get in touch.