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Food charity urgently seeking volunteers to help tackle food povery in Cardiff


FoodCycle, the charity that aims to make food poverty, loneliness and food waste a thing of the past for every community, is in urgent need of volunteers as it opens its doors in Cardiff. This marks FoodCycle’s third Project in Wales in less than 12 months, having launched FoodCycle Newport in 2021 and FoodCycle Swansea in May 2022 to great success. Opening on 27th July at the Wyndam Street Centre in Cardiff, the weekly free meal will provide great food and conversation every Wednesday at 6.30pm for anyone who wants to come along.

FoodCycle South West Regional Manager, Alex Hatherly says: ”We are thrilled to be opening our third Project in Wales and introducing FoodCycle to the Cardiff community. As the rising cost-of-living continues to hit people across the country including parents just coming into the school holidays, our service is more vital than ever and we look forward to providing a welcoming space and a nutritious, three-course meal to anyone in the community who needs it, no questions asked.”

FoodCycle Needs You

FoodCycle Cardiff 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.

Serving up free weekly community meals using food that would otherwise have gone to waste, FoodCycle is a vital service relies on its volunteers to provide nutritious food and conversation across the UK.

When asked what motivates them to show up, 95% of FoodCycle volunteers want to help reduce food poverty; other reasons included wanting to help strengthen their local community (82%), passionate about saving food from going to waste (88%), wanting to help tackle loneliness (78%), and to meet new people (69%).

Deb James, a long-term FoodCycle Volunteer says; “I would recommend being a FoodCycle volunteer to anyone who is interested in cooking good, healthy food, reducing food waste, or just getting involved in the community. It’s really rewarding in lots of ways, whether you’re cooking, hosting, or delivering the food supplies. You get to learn new skills and have great connections with people from all walks of life.”

FoodCycle’s free community meals are open to all, and guests range from low-income families, people affected by homelessness and those who cannot afford to buy food.  No questions asked, you can just turn up and take a seat.

Without volunteers, FoodCycle cannot provide a vital service to the community who have come to rely on the chance to sit down to a free, three-course meal every week.

Opening on 27th July 2022, the free weekly meal at FoodCycle Cardiff will take place every Wednesday from 6.30pm at Wyndam Street Centre, 3-5 Wyndam Street, Cardiff, CF11 6DQ

FoodCycle Newport offers free community meals every Tuesday from 6.30pm at Community House, 2 Eton Road, Newport, NP19 0BL

FoodCycle Swansea offers free community meals every Monday from 6.30pm at The Phoenix Centre, Powys Avenue, Townhill, Swansea, SA1 6PH