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FoodCycle Jan/Feb 2012 Newsflash!

E-mail sent by Steven Hawkes, Thursday, 16th February 2012 @ 5:49pm

FoodCycle Newsflash!
January/February 2012

Hello FoodCyclers and a belated Happy New Year! Here's a little bit about what we've been up to so far in 2012...

You did it! £5000 raised on PeopleFund.It!
After a week of non-stop tweeting (resulting in two serious cases of 'tweetclaw'...) we hit our £5000 target on!!! 247 amazing people donated a total of £5,087 which goes to our Community Cafe in Haringey.

In the big push, we had a visit from local MP Lynne Featherstone and Thom from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's '3 Hungry Boys' who came along to show their support.

Huge huge thank you to everyone who helped us get to that target!

Valentine's Speed-Dating and Man Auction!

Big thanks to everyone who came to our Valentine's speed-dating and man auction night at the Old Dairy last Monday. Our FoodCycle men (and some friends!) were sold off with awesome date packages to some lucky ladies - and all for charity! You can still see the lovely/embarrassing photos of our dates here... And thank you to all our super prize donors!

And we had lots of matches from speed-dating - hopefully it's the start of something special...! It was so fun we might do another one soon so keep an eye out - you can follow us on twitter and facebook for updates.

FoodCycle Blue Monday Cheer!

Apparently Monday 16th January was 'the most depressing day' of 2012 - using this equation:

(Nope us neither...) 

So this 'Blue Monday' we decided to beat the blues. We organised a surplus feast for MIND Islington service users with amazing food from the cook and writer Philip Dundas at the stunning Islington Barn. It was a lovely (but quite cold...) day, with tasty food from Philip and our team of volunteers and live music from the awesome folks at Baluji Music. We've got lots more photos - here!

FoodCycle Round-Up 
Today we had a visit from the Prince of Wales to our Pie in the Sky Cafe when he was visiting the Bromley by Bow Centre. The Prince spoke to Kelvin, Nicola, and Helena (right) about food waste and gave the cafe his approval!

Meanwhile our Manchester Hub now has a kitchen! They'll be cooking every week at Mustrard Tree, who work with the homeless and marginalised across Manchester.

Bloomsbury have also found themselves a new kitchen - they're now cooking at the Somers Town Community Centre after a successful trial!

Lots of other exciting things also going on - like Durham's Bring and Buy Sale, Cambridge's oniony-feast, and the triumphant return of FoodCycle Norwich!

You can find out how to get involved with all our lovely Hubs and Cafes through facebook and our website!

Why Not Donate to FoodCycle by Text?  

You can now support FoodCycle just by sending a text! By texting FOOD46 £5 (or whatever amount you prefer!) to 70070, you can make a real difference to people affected by food poverty across the UK. Send a text now, and turn surplus food into tasty nutritious meals.

TEXT FOOD46 £5 to 70070

That's all for now FoodCyclers! Until next time...

FoodCycle needs YOU!

E-mail sent by Steven Hawkes, Wednesday, 25th January 2012 @ 6:17pm

FoodCycle needs YOU!

Today, you can make something special happen. Just £2 from each of you will mean we reach our target and our Community Café in Haringey will stay open. Haringey is a really mixed ward where rich and poor live in close proximity to one another. For those who can't afford the trendy shops, this is a really important part of their week. You've got the power to make sure that surplus food keeps going to people that need it - please give just £2 today at

We've managed to raise £1,000 in the past 2 days through Twitter and Facebook but we need to reach our £5,000 target or we don't get a penny! Please pledge and spread the word!

We've been up to lots of exciting stuff since the New Year and we promise to send a proper newsletter soon to keep you updated on all things FoodCycle!

Thank you! 
The FoodCycle Team xx

FoodCycle 2011: What a Year!

E-mail sent by Steven Hawkes, Friday, 16th December 2011 @ 1:21pm

December 2011 FoodCycle Newsletter

FoodCycle’s 2011: What a year!

As 2011 draws to a close in a haze of mulled wine and mince pies, we thought we’d send you a quick round-up of what’s been happening at FoodCycle over the past year.

And what a year it’s been! We’ve expanded to 14 projects in communities across the UK including new Hubs opening up from Manchester to Clacton-on-Sea, and the grand opening of our Pie in the Sky Community Café in Bromley-by-Bow. We also got to take part in exciting events like Feeding the 5000 and a Good Meal. None of this would be possible without our 600+ amazing volunteers working away to cook up reclaimed surplus food into tasty and nutritious meals! Here’s the numbers behind the awesomeness:

We have now served a grand total of 27,545 meals, created out of 21,202 kg of surplus food by over 600 amazing volunteers. AWESOME!

We’ve now got four Hubs serving in London (Bloomsbury, Islington, LSE and Imperial), and further Hubs across England serving in Manchester, Birmingham, Durham, Norwich, Bristol, Cambridge, Liverpool and Clacton-on-Sea. We’ve also got two more exciting Hubs in development in Bath and Leeds which are set to open early in 2012! These Hubs are run entirely by teams of fantastic volunteers, who organise themselves every week to collect surplus fruit and veg, cook it up and then serve amazing three-course meals to people at risk from food poverty in their community.


We also expanded our Community Café Programme in London this year, which offers low-cost nutritious meals and volunteering opportunities to people in the community. As well as our Friday lunch-serving at MIND in Haringey, we now run a five-day-a-week Café at the Bromley-by-Bow Centre.
Pop in for a tasty lunch if you get the chance!

You can help us to reclaim more food and create more meals for people at risk from food poverty and social isolation. Please find below some donations options for this Christmas to help us reach out to more people in 2012:


We’re taking part in an exciting challenge by GlobalGiving to raise £1,000 by 22nd December! If we achieve this, not only will every penny go towards helping us to reclaim more surplus and create even more meals, we’ll also get to become permanent members of GlobalGiving – meaning more people will stumble upon FoodCycle and help out in the future!

Take a look and please help us out at GlobalGiving – we’ve got 6 more days to get there!

Here's just two people you've made a difference to in the past year with FoodCycle:

Tweet Pie

You can also still get your copy of Tweet Pie here – ‘the world’s shortest recipe book’ made up entirely of recipes sourced from twitter! The book was kindly made for us by Belling, so every penny of this book goes straight to FoodCycle so we can serve up more and more meals to more and more people in 2012!




We'll leave you with a caption competition of this photo from Feeding the 5000. E-mail us your best and we'll announce the winners in 2012!

So there we go! A huge thank you to all you amazing FoodCyclers who have done so much in 2011 - we’re excited about doing even more in 2012! Have an awesome Christmas and we’ll see you all in the New Year!


FoodCycle Newsflash - November 2011

E-mail sent by Steven Hawkes, Thursday, 17th November 2011 @ 3:32pm

FoodCycle Newsletter
November 17th 2011

It’s been a pretty hectic time here at FoodCycle – we had our annual Conference last month and have loads of exciting things on the horizon (including an amazing event for you tomorrow!) which will keep us busy long into the cold winter months ahead! Here’s a quick update on all things FoodCycle:


Tomorrow, FoodCycle will be involved once again with the brilliant Feeding the 5000 event in Trafalgar Square!

Founded by food waste guru Tristram Stuart, the event will feed 5000 passers-by a hearty, tasty meal created entirely from surplus ingredients. Naturally, we're really excited to be a part of this - and we'll be hosting our own marquee, where the fantastic Valentine Warner will be preparing a dish with the help of the audience! There’s all sorts going on: a free lunch, cooking demonstrations, apple-pressing, waste-eating pigs, and much more! So keep your lunch plans free, take the food waste pledge, and get yourself over to Trafalgar Square to enjoy the afternoon with 4999 other people!



A huge thank you to everyone who came to our annual Hub Conference on 29th-30th October! It was a fantastic success and we hope everyone went home full of knowledge and enthusiasm after a busy weekend of workshops, guest speakers and a chance for our amazing volunteers from all over the UK to get together and share their stories.


Congratulations to the winners of our weekly Tweet Pie Golden Ticket who have
won amazing prizes including tea and cakes at London’s oldest patisserie and wine and a cheeseboard at a delightful little wine bar! But we still have prizes to give away and all you need to do to enter is to buy your copy of our little Tweet Pie recipe book – a compilation of recipes sourced entirely from the world of twitter! Just check our website to see what the prize is any given week – this week it’s a meal for two and bottle of wine at the fantastic Lyttleton Arms in Camden! All you have to do is buy your copy of Tweet Pie on the FoodCycle eBay page to enter the prize draw. Good luck!



Think you’ve got an unbeatable porridge recipe? Send it to Rude Health and for every 100 recipes they receive, FoodCycle gets 1000 free porridge breakfasts this Christmas for visitors to our Community Café in Bromley-by-Bow. Plus, if you get selected as one of their favourites, you can win a load of Rude Health porridge-related goodies. So get submitting your secret world-beating porridge recipes now! For more information please click here.


We’ve been lucky enough to be selected as one of the pilot projects on a new platform by KEO Films called PeopleFund.It, where people pledge their support for a project in return for an amazing selection of rewards! Our page is here at complete with a lovely video featuring our Station House Community Café volunteers and visitors in Haringey. At the time of writing, we’ve raised £390 but our target is £5000 to help the Café to keep serving more and more fantastic meals made from surplus fruit and veg, so please help us! We’ve got some awesome rewards on offer including: an invitation to a VIP dinner at the Café, a meal for 10 cooked at your own home by the wonderful Philip Dundas (of Pip’s Dish!), a FoodCycle t-shirt, and a surplus feast provided by our Café team for your party. So please check it out, tell your friends, family, and colleagues - spread the word and support FoodCycle!


That's all for now FoodCyclers! Until next time...

FoodCycle Newsflash - WE'RE HIRING!

E-mail sent by Russell Warfield, Tuesday, 25th October 2011 @ 12:38pm

FoodCycle Newsflash

FoodCycle Volunteer Coordinator

Paid £21,000 pro rata, PT 0.8 of 37.5 hours a week.

Following the successful launch of our Bromley by Bow café and funding from Team London to increase volunteer participation in the project, we are now looking for a Volunteer Coordinator to recruit and manage a team of volunteers to deliver the cooking sessions. This café uses surplus food to create affordable, nutritious meals for people in the community and harnesses the energy of some amazing volunteers to make it all happen.


If you have at least one year’s experience of working in a catering environment and extensive experience of working with volunteers then this could be for you!

How to apply:

Please apply with a CV and a covering letter of no more than 2 pages telling us why you would be the ideal candidate to become a FoodCycler and how you fit the person specification.

The deadline for submissions is midnight on Friday 28th October 2011. Interviews will take place week commencing Monday 31st October 2011. Please email submissions to with the reference "Job-App Volunteer Coordinator" in the subject heading.

For more information - including a full job advert, job description and person specification - take a look at - GOOD LUCK!

FoodCycle Newsflash - October 2011

E-mail sent by Russell Warfield, Thursday, 6th October 2011 @ 12:59pm

FoodCycle Newsflash
October 6th 2011

We're actually half-glad that the recent heatwave seems to be breaking, because we've got a lot of work to do here at FoodCycle Central! No time for lounging around in the sun, sadly! University is kicking back into life, and we've got a ton of amazing stuff on the horizon (including a rather exciting appearance at the BBC Good Food Show where we'll be appearing with Belling UK), so let's get right into it!


We're so pumped to be able to announce that we've got an incredible competition opportunity to offer all of our lovely FoodCyclers! Every week from now until Christmas, we will be offering one lucky winner the chance to experience some awesome food-related goodness - just by buying a copy of the amazing Tweet Pie. This week, we're offering wine and a lunch cheese board for two at the absolutely fabulous Gordon's Wine Bar - the oldest (and cosiest) wine bar in London! Check out the full details of this amazing prize here, and join the new Tweet Pie Golden Ticket Facebook page to get the latest information on our amazing prizes. 

To enter, just buy a copy of Tweet Pie, and you could be enjoying a fabulous evening at Gordon's! Winner announced Monday 10th, along with another great prize! GOOD LUCK!

Help FoodCycle Hubs win £6000!  

As we speak, the brilliant Cambridge Hub are very serious contenders for a Natwest CommunityForce Award, which stands to win them £6000 to continue to reduce food waste and alleviate food poverty in their community! They're currently third in the Cambridge area, and so we can't stress enough that they have a very real chance of winning this thing! But we need your help - so please vote now!

The even better news is that you get three votes! Which means that you can also support our Liverpool Hub and our Bristol Hub who are also doing really well in their regions, and need your help just as much.

Please, please, please take two moments to vote, and then post it on your Facebook feeds, Tweet about it, get your mates to vote, teach your fish how to use a laptop - whatever. This would be such an indescribably useful financial bonus for one of our Hubs, and would do an incredible amount of good in the local community.

London Restaurant Festival and Feeding the 5000!  

This week is the incredible London Restaurant Festival and we're absolutely honoured to be receiving a portion of the profits from the astounding pop-up restaurant in the London Eye! We can't thank the organisers enough for this - but it's hardly the only amazing event going on over the next week or so! Check out the website to find loads of other great things to get involved with while the festival takes place. For all the mothers and babies out there, why not take advantage of this great voucher for a lovely bit of food at Zilli Fish?

Also, in November 18th, we're so glad to be involved once again with the brilliant Feeding the 5000 event on Trafalgar Square. Founded by food waste guru Tristram Stuart, the event seeks to feed five thousand passersby a hearty, tasty meal created entirely from surplus food. Naturally, we're really excited to be a part of this - and we'll be hosting our own marque, where a secret celebrity chef will be preparing a dish with the help of the audience. Keep your lunch hour plans free, and get yourself over to the square to eat together and reduce food waste with 4999 other people!

Why Not Donate to FoodCycle by Text?  

You can now support FoodCycle just by sending a text! By texting FOOD46 £5 (or whatever amount you prefer!) to 70070, you can make a real difference to people affected by food poverty across the UK. Send a text now, and rescue a few tasty surplus bananas today.

TEXT FOOD46 £5 to 70070


That's all for now FoodCyclers! Until next time...

FoodCycle Newsflash - July 2011

E-mail sent by Russell Warfield, Thursday, 21st July 2011 @ 3:38pm

FoodCycle Newsflash
July 21st 2011

It might be the middle of summer, but there’s no lounging around at FoodCycle. Our Liverpool Hub has been proudly representing the north on the ITV news. We’ve been bigged up by the lovely folks at Guinness. And of course we’ve been keeping it real over at B Festival in Bromley-by-Bow. But that’s only the start of it. Check out all of this other amazing stuff which we and our trusty volunteers have been doing recently.

Tweet Pie - The World's Shortest Recipe Book!  

Earlier this year, the lovely people at Belling decided to crowdsource recipes over Twitter. They were staggered at the response - getting absolutely flooded with hundreds of recipes crammed into 140 characters or less. Now, they’re preserving the best of them in cookbook form! Tweet Pie - The World’s Shortest Recipe Book is now available to buy for less than a fiver right here. Part social media experiment, part indispensable kitchen companion - Tweet Pie provides new and exciting dishes in the space of a single sentence.

Buy it now and all proceeds go to FoodCycle! Happy cooking!

A Good Meal? A Great Meal!  

For three nights in late June, FoodCycle transformed an empty office space on Old Street into a magical pop-up restaurant! As part of the nationwide Good Week initiative, FoodCycle served three course meals of absolutely delicious (even if we say so ourselves!) surplus food to over fifty guests per night - big yum!

With dishes ranging from surplus chutney and cheeses to freshly prepared Mexican food, we think that everyone left feeling very well fed indeed. Our huge thanks go to everyone who helped to prepare the food from as early as ten in the morning (fifty people can eat a lot of onions!), to Cawston for providing all the juice, to our glowing intern Katherine Horsham for being at the helm of the whole event, and of course to everyone who attended. A great meal!

Chef Takeover at Bristol Hub!  

Not to be outdone, our team of volunteers in Bristol played host to another great FoodCycle fundraiser last month, within the amazing space of Hamilton House. Over a hundred people came along to be served a delicious three course meal of tomato and basil soup, spicy vegetable stew and chocolate and banoffi pie, all complimented by super-smiley table service. It was a fantastic evening of fun and relaxation (all the more welcome as a lot in attendance had just finished exams) complete with live music from the Sweet Easy Peelers and a raffle, all because of a delicious meal made from reclaimed food. Good work Bristol!

Why Not Donate to FoodCycle by Text?  

You can now support FoodCycle just by sending a text! By texting FOOD46 £5 (or whatever amount you prefer!) to 70070, you can make a real difference to people affected by food poverty across the UK. Send a text now, and rescue a few tasty surplus bananas today.

TEXT FOOD46 £5 to 70070


That's all for this month FoodCyclers! Until next time...

OPEN ME!! FoodCycle Newsletter - June 2011

E-mail sent by Kelvin Cheung, Tuesday, 7th June 2011 @ 5:09pm

FoodCycle Newsletter
June 7th 2011

FoodCycle presents... A Good Meal!

We're really busy at FoodCycle Central at the moment, and that’s how we like it! First of all, we’re really excited to be working with A Very Good Company as part of their A Good Week event: seven supercharged days where people all over the world come together to quite simply do some good! At FoodCycle, we’re proud to be hosting A Good Meal on the 21st and 22nd of June.

For two nights only, a location on Old Street, London will be transformed into a glorious pop-up restaurant, feeding up to fifty people three nutritious courses of super-tasty reclaimed food. With our friends at
Belling and Cawston Press supporting us, we’re certain that this is going to be a milestone event in FoodCycle history! Tickets are going unbelievably quickly - so act fast and snap yours up now


New Community Cafe open at Bromley-by-Bow!  

After serving people amazing food at teeny-tiny prices for nearly a year at our Community Cafe in Harringey, we’re so thrilled to announce that we’ve just opened up at a second location in Bromley-by-Bow! Pie in the Sky Cafe has set up camp in the heart of the Bromley-by-Bow Centre - an amazing social hub housing a huge number of vital community services.

We’re proud to contribute to this great enterprise by providing healthy, nutritious food along with a great place for the members of the local community to hang out and chat. We’ll be serving scrumptious reclaimed food five days a week - so pop along to see Jess and her team of plucky volunteers, and leave feeling very well fed!


Say Hello to Laura - the newest member of the FoodCycle Central team!

One of the smiley people pictured to the right is Tory, who a lot of you already know and adore for being our wonderful Hub Development Manager. But, to her right is the newest member of the FoodCycle family - Laura! After spending some time with us as an intern, we're delighted to introduce Laura Deller as our brand new Hub Officer. She'll be helping Tory to manage our ever-important Hubs, making sure that all of our volunteers are happy and that everything is running as smoothly as ever! With her project management exprience and her environmental knowledge, we know she'll become an invaluable member of the team right away!

Get involved with FoodCycle! Volunteers needed!

If you’re as excited as us about all this amazing stuff we’ve been up to lately, you’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty of ways to get involved! On Thursday 9th June, a team of lovely, lovely people will be heading to Bromley-by-Bow Community Cafe at 2pm to help Jess and her team really sort the place out, and give the kitchen a good going over. We promise good tunes on the radio, and some brilliant company - so sign yourself up and come along to help be part of an amazing community project!

Also, for those of you further afield than London, we’re in search of some volunteers to help look after our Hubs during the school holidays. It goes without saying that the Hubs are absolutely crucial to the FoodCycle mission, and we need people to carry out the pick ups from the supermarkets, as well as cook up and serve the delicious meals themselves! Being part of a Hub is tremendously rewarding - seeing food which would otherwise be landfill going into the stomachs of people who need it is a truly amazing feeling. We have Hubs all over the country - from Bristol to Manchester to Cambridge to Norwich - so there’s no reason not to get involved! Check out the full list of Hubs here and get in touch. We can’t wait to hear from you!


Looking forward to seeing you all at A Good Meal!

Happy Easter from FoodCycle April 2011

E-mail sent by Zibran Choudhury, Friday, 22nd April 2011 @ 1:58pm

FoodCycle Newsflash
April 22nd 2011

Getting creative with fundraising

FoodCyclers across the country are real trailblazers when it comes to fundraising, whether it's dinner cooked by a Michelin Star Chef or packing bags at the local supermarket: they never cease to amaze!

Forget fun runs, FoodCycle Manchester have raised over £2000 from their maverick fundraising events, before a meal had even been served. Hub Champion Merlyn raised £200 in just over an hour after Manchester Lindy sponsored his cross dressing escapades at a Swing Dance Social! The new hub hit the £500 mark with their Curry night and Cake Bake, and doubled their 'dough' when the total was match funded by Mazars LLP. Recognising their feat, FoodCycle Central match funded the £1k to really kickstart their fight against food poverty.

Here at HQ, taking heed of Manchester's amazing achievements we've also decided to get creative with fundraising. We have made it easier (and fun) for FoodCycle's friends & followers to support us in the following ways...

1. A piece of #tweetpie!

Tired of trawling through thick cookbooks to make a quick supper? Not to worry, Belling UK have teamed up with UMPF and FoodCycle to Create the World’s Shortest Cookbook!

All the recipes in the final book will be crowdsourced from twitter, with all proceeds from the sales of the book donated to FoodCycle! The Tweetpie book will be on sale in early May 2011 for only £4.99, which you be able to snap up at FoodCycle’s Ebay Shop.

To take part all you need to do is tweet a 140 character recipe including the hashtag #Tweetpie or visit and enter via the online form.  A full glossary of Twecipe terms, hints, tips and Twecipes from the experts is also available at Ten of Belling’s iconic Baby Belling Black cookers will also be given away to lucky entrants after the competition closes on 25th April 2011.

Remember tweeps you only have 140 Characters!

We’ve had loads of great #twecipes so far, here are a few to help inspire you, with a contribution from Kelvin Cheung himself!

Rst bf – Rb beefw/ salt,ppr&olvoil. Sear in r/tray on hob, tfr 2 oven 240° 4 20min, rdce heat 2 190°, 30min pr k 4 rare, rest, crv #tweetpie

Spag Bol – Fry garl, onion, brwn mince+thyme, gls rd wine, tin toms, msrooms, sson, simr 40 min. Boil pasta 10 mins. Srv w/parmsn #tweetpie

Risotto–Sftn onino, garl & celry in olvoil+rice, tn up heat+splsh wine, stir,+stock, stir, rpt till cooked+butter & parmsn, srv #tweetpie

Kelvin’s twecipe for his fav pancakes…

Canadian Pancakes-one cup of flour and milk, dash of bicarb,1 egg, mix all together.  serve with butter/maple syrup. #tweetpie

So get tweeting FoodCyclers! Get your Twecipe in before the deadline 25th April 2011 and you may be published in TweetPie!

2. Shop till you drop and help FoodCycle!

For all you shopaholics out there, you can now support FoodCycle everytime you shop online without costing you a penny!

Give as you live is registered with thousands of online stores. Just install the app to your web browser and your good to go.
On average 2.5% of every pound you spend online can go towards FoodCycle, which means an action as small as buying a pair of shoes or even booking a holiday can make a huge difference to the communities we serve.

Did you know? Only £10 will give a three course meal to 30 people affected by food poverty

3. MissionFish Accomplished

Whether you're fishing around for a bargain or selling a few items for extra cash, you can now support FoodCycle doing both!

FoodCycle is now registered with MissionFish, check out our page!
It allows sellers to give proceeds from their sales to FoodCycle, and helps us raise funds by selling on eBay too. FoodCycle can now also receive donations from eBay users through the 'Donate Now' feature, which lets anyone with a PayPal account donate to us right away without buying or selling anything


Friends of FoodCycle

Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food

"Foodcycle is doing something very special - helping communities where money is tight by using fresh food that would otherwise be thrown away to create beautiful, nutritious meals" Jamie Oliver.

                         Thanks Jamie!

Jamie's Ministry of Food opened in Stratford in March 2011, The Ministry of Food will bring cooking lessons and demonstrations to schools, community centres and businesses. It will combine class-based lessons with innovative online applications (around gaming and social networks) to offer a mix of standard courses and tailored provision that will raise local people’s confidence and competence in cooking as well as strengthening a broader set of life skills.

The New Project is now recruiting for some exciting positions, if you think you could contribute check out the vacancies page and get applying.

What is The Big Lunch?

The Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project. The aim is to get as many of the 61 million people in the UK as possible to have lunch with their neighbours for a few hours of community, friendship and fun. This year’s event will take place on Sunday 5th June and a record number of people are expected to take part. Since starting in 2009, thousands of Big Lunches have taken place in all kinds of communities and the best part of a million people have taken part each year.

A Big Lunch can be anything from a few neighbours getting together in a garden or on the street, to a full blown party with food, music and decoration that quite literally stops the traffic!

Otesha UK Cycle Tour

Gear up for a two-wheeled revolution – join a 2011 Otesha UK cycle tour! Apply now to avoid disappointment…

Want to do something fun, challenging and worthwhile with your summer? This year there are two tremendous six-week tours to choose from: Northern Soul (10th June – 23rd July) and Tartan Trail (5th August – 17th September). We’ll be taking in the delights of the UK from our saddles, performing a play, making the world a better place, learning new skills (bike maintenance, theatre, consensus decision-making, sustainable and group living… the list goes on), meeting new friends, and generally making mischief.

If you’re 18 to 28 and passionate about creating a sustainable future, then come ride with us. Find out more at Places are first come, first served, so get your skates on!

If you have any questions or would just like to have a chat about it, then give us a call on 0207 377 2109 or email

Wishing you all a Happy Easter!
from the FoodCycle Team

FoodCycle February Newsletter

E-mail sent by Zibran Choudhury, Thursday, 24th February 2011 @ 12:06pm

Two Super Suppers, One Great Cause

FoodCycle Bloomsbury and Imperial have been busy preparing for two amazing events for you to pencil into your calendar. The gang have always put the Fun into Fundraising; these 2 delicious dinners will have the Champions filling their collection tins with more than just pennies!

FoodCycle Bloomsbury, Charity Dinner March 1st 2011

FoodCycle Bloomsbury host their first fundraising dinner on March 1st 2011. Using surplus from the Co-op and Sainsbury’s they have teamed up with budding student chefs from Hammersmith College. Facing off in a Ready, Steady, Cook Style Challenge; the student chefs will be serving their super surplus creations to raise funds for the Hub’s exciting work in Bromley by Bow Centre.

Tickets are available for £25. This will buy you a tasty 3 course meal served with wine, in addition to champagne and canapés to kick the evening off.

March 1st 2011 – 6:30 to 11:00PM
@ T.A.S.T.E Restaurant
Giddon Road, Barons Court
London, W14 9BL

To RSVP Email Tom Trail on
or call 07886 170351

Tom Aikens Charity Dinner March 21st 2011

On March 21st 2011, Michelin Star Chef Tom Aikens is cooking once in a lifetime dinner to raise funds for FoodCycle Imperial.

Tickets are already on sale for only £5, where lucky raffle winners will be treated to an exclusive 3 course meal at Whole Foods Restaurant 'Room with a View' (Kensington). Winners will be announced March 14th 2011.

“As retailers (and) restaurateurs we all throw away a huge amount of food every week, month and year. I have always been an avid fan of recycling and even more so when wasted food is involved. FoodCycle is doing an incredible amount to help resolve and cut down food waste by using food that is perfectly edible and making it into meals for people that cannot afford to feed themselves properly – a truly courageous act. Hence me supporting them for this wonderful event."

Michelin Star Chef, Tom Aikens

Buy tickets here!

FoodCycle, Food Waste & Food Poverty in the Media

TV Programmes, Interviews and Documentaries! Not to mention the print headlines, have all created a real buzz around food poverty and food waste. Making an intriguing few days for the team flicking through the pages on the commute! The media buzz also lead to a follower request frenzy on FoodCycle's Twitter page!

The week kicked off with Channel 4’s The People’s Supermarket, in this episode presenter Arthur Potts Dawson challenged the conventional retail model of supermarkets; where overstocked shelves have lead to huge amounts of food waste. During the airing of the show, FoodCycle’s Twitter Page received around 150 new Followers! Catch the Episode while you can on 4OD.

This continued with a feature on Monday’s Channel 4 News, Gary Gibbons reported on the growing trend in the usage of Foodbanks in Britain. Finding the biggest growing group of people using Foodbanks are those who have an income, or people in a household where there is an income. If you missed the news on Monday, read Gary Gibbons’ Blog here.

Station House Community Cafe was featured both in National and International news this week. FoodCycle Volunteer Sarah Holton was snapped in Jenni Russell’s great article in Monday’s Evening Standard.

The Community Cafe was also featured in German Channel ZDF’s short documentary on Food Waste. The film crew dropped by to see the team in action and in the interviewed some of our happy customers.

North London Citizens Founding Assembly

  • Wednesday, 30th March 2011 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm
    Location: TBC

    A celebration launching CitizensUK’s newest chapter in North London.

IMPACT: the national conference on student volunteering and social action

  • Saturday, 5th March 2011 at 10am - 5:30pm Sunday, 6th March
    Location: Cambridge

    Do it, Debate it and Discover it,’ Impact will provide over 200 university students with an…

FoodCycle January Newsletter

E-mail sent by Lyly, Friday, 7th January 2011 @ 7:57pm

Happy new year from FoodCycle!

From an exciting and successful 2010, FoodCycle is looking forward to another year of more positive social change across the country.

One of our resolutions is to reduce the 'waste foodprint' more than we did last year.

Waste: Order of the Day

The Station House Community Cafe and our Hubs are great examples that even small amounts of food donated by our food retailers make a huge impact to local people. 

We are keen to keep promoting this message to food retailers and let them know that any food donated is not just food waste avoided but that it benefits the community.

You can help us pass on this message.

Next time you do your grocery shopping, ask your local supermarket what they are doing to reduce food waste.

If they are doing great things, give them a big pat on the back for us!

If they don’t have anything in place yet, recommend them to FoodCycle, Fareshare, foodbanks like The Trussell Trust, or other local community organisations.


 Wrap it up

As you try to reduce your food waste, are you sometimes confused by all the different food dates labelling? Do you have a hoard of expired products and you’re not sure if they are still safe to eat?

Well, some crafty scientists have now developed a new type of food packaging to help people tell when food is starting to go off.  They hope that this will help reduce household food waste.

To do it the old fashioned way, just remember the following simple rule of thumb:

-       No to products past their use-by date.  This is generally found on food from animal products.

-       Use your common sense for products with best before or display until.  Older vegetables may be a bit tender but they would be great for soups!

-       Display until dates are used for stock management by supermarkets and have nothing to do with food expiration.

If you have more questions about food labelling, the Food Standards Agency has the answers.

So to avoid food waste at home why not do some leftover recipes? Do you have a good recipe to share, email it to us!

Clean City Awards 

Collecting about 11 tonnes of unsold food from sandwich retailers and donating some of it to the local homeless, our gang of cyclers at Bugbugs are a great asset to FoodCycle. 

In recognition to their excellent work, they have been nominated again for the Clean City Award Scheme.  They received the Merit in 2008 and have now been nominated for the Platinum award.

Good luck lads!



xX The FoodCycle Family Xx

Happy Holidays! Join our team in 2011!

E-mail sent by Kelvin Cheung, Wednesday, 22nd December 2010 @ 9:28am

The team at FoodCycle wish everyone a Happy Holidays and Merry New Years!

You'll get more news from us in the New Year, the whole team is out of the office until the 4th of January, recharging the batteries for 2011, as they were pprrrretty much drained from overuse in 2010! 

We've got an exciting 2011 planned, and to help us reach our goals, we will be recruiting an operations manager for FoodCycle central to support our Hubs and Community Cafes.

If you are interested in

  • Supporting young people towards positive social change
  • Food
  • Cooking

And you consider yourself generally a swell guy or a cool lady, we've love to hear from you!

Applications are due January 5th 2011.  The Job spec is attached, but you can also get it here off our website!

So take a gander and pass it on!

See you all in the New Year!

Foodcycle at 'Tea and Talk'

  • Wednesday, 15th December 2010 at 11am - 1pm
    Location: Station House Cafe, 73C Stapleton Hall Road, London

    Come and chat to the Foodcycle team over coffee and cake and start celebrating the festive…

    • 1 person attended

FoodCycle at The Underground Christmas Market

  • Sunday, 5th December 2010 at 12pm - 6pm
    Location: Kilburn, North London

    Imagine Glastonbury music festival but with much less music but much better food, in a flat in…

FoodCycle at Green on the Screen

  • Wednesday, 1st December 2010 at 7pm - 12am Thursday, 2nd December
    Location: Moors Bar, 57 Park Rd, Crouch End, N8

    You are warmly invited to

FoodCycle November Newsletter - More exciting news

E-mail sent by Lyly, Friday, 26th November 2010 @ 3:46pm

Hello FoodCyclers,

Since our last newsletter, more exciting things have been happening here at FoodCycle Central that we had to acknowledge your support so enjoy your second mini installment of our newsletter.

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!
Food journalist Rosie Birkett came to Station House Community Cafe this month to do a spot of volunteering and shared her experiences in the Metro newspaper.

This has generated so much interest and now not only are more people aware of food waste but they know what we are doing together to reduce it.
We want to mention some special thanks to London Food Link and its magazine Jellied Eel, and The Funding Network for spreading the word on Twitter.
Jess’ recipes 
If you managed to get hold of a copy of the Metro paper to see our cafe article, you would have seen recipes for some delicious sweet potato, carrot, and parsnip soup and the cafe’s popular banana cake.  If not, don’t fret here they are below just for you:
Sweet potato, carrot, and parsnip soup (serves 4)

1. Drizzle 175g sweet potatoes175g carrots, and 175g parsnips with 1tsp of olive oil. Roast for 30mins at 180C/Gas mark 4/350F or until golden brown.

2. Chop 1/2inch of fresh ground root ginger, peeled, and cook in 1tsp of olive oil for a few minutes.

3. Add the roasted vegetables and 1l of vegetable stock.  Simmer for 10-15mins then puree in a blender. Reheat in a pan and season with salt and pepper before serving.

Banana Cake (serves 8)

1. Cream 100g butter with 125g light brown sugar and stir in 2 beaten eggs.

2. Add 4-5 mashed bananas (old ones are best), 50g walnuts (optional), 200g self-raising flour and 1/4tsp bicarbonate soda and mix together thoroughly.  Bake at 180C/Gas mark 4/350F for one hour.

3. Allow cake to cool then ice with 45g butter mixed with 170g cream cheese, 300g icing sugar, 1tsp vanilla extract and lemon juice to taste.

Facebook Fans
Hooray! We now have over 1000 fans, if you joined our group yet, please do and make sure that you are on our list of Likes too. 

Mr Organic donation
A quick thank you to Mr Organic for their generous donation of canned beans, lentils, and tomatoes to us.  The London Hubs are already planning recipes with the ingredients such as curries, ratatouilles, stews, and a French special dish called piperade from the Basque region.

FoodCycle November Newsletter

E-mail sent by Lyly, Monday, 8th November 2010 @ 11:37am

National Champions Conference
Our annual Champions conference went by very smoothly and we would like to send out a big thank you to our various supporters for helping us make the event that little bit more special:

Our fantastic event organiser Katie who planned the whole thing,

Our hosts Seven Dials Club and UCL for providing us space to run the conference, 

Our key note speaker Pinky Lilani for sharing her fascinating life and inspiring us,

Our speakers Robert Wilson, founding director of READ International and Maria Oleson, marketing and communications from Fareshare for their words of encouragement,

plus Cheese Cellar, Lush, and Abel & Cole for donating fab products to award our Champions of the Year in recognition for their hard work and dedication.

We not only want to recognise Cheese Cellar for their generosity for the conference but also to welcome them to the FoodCycle Family as one of our new food providers, having already donated their delicious cheeses to our Station House Community Cafe in Haringey.

FoodCycle Champions of the year
We've had so many dedicated Champions and volunteers but there have been some exceptional individuals who really demonstrated passion to the movement. So please give a round of applause to this year’s Champions of the Year:

Best project:

This team has shown great self-sufficiency and efficiency. They came up with a great way to get bike enthusiasts involved by roping them in as Bike Volunteers to collect the food.

Organisational queen: Ivy Wong

She knows how to whip her team into shape and never loses her cool in a kitchen emergency.  Her volunteers have said that she’s a great leader and that she makes them feel like a valued team player.

Going above and beyond: Donat Fatet

This techy guy helped us with the branding and website. He loved FoodCycle so much that he managed to convince Vodafone to pay him to work with us for two months!

Outstanding commitment: Ankoor Patel

This is one cool guy that you can always rely on. Ankoor is like Superman - always there whenever you need him!  He was a really good mentor to all the new Champions at the conference.

Volunteer of the year: Milena

What makes this girl stand out is that she has done many food collections all by herself dragging two 20kg trollies and carrying a 10kg backpack worth of food across London.  Enough said!

FoodCycle's new website launched
After unveiling our new look, check out our new website!

We always like acknowledging our friends as you have helped us grow successfully. So if you'd like to make your support public on our Friends page, please send in your organisation/company's logo, a short sentence about what you do, and preferably a quote about why you support FoodCycle.

War time recipes

We will soon be commemorating the brave soldiers on Armistice Day, 11th November. 

Why not try out this collection of recipes that even explains the differences of terms used in war time that has since changed today.

There’s still time to visit the Imperial War Museum’s exhibition event Ministry of Food to learn about the 'Kitchen Front' on topics like nutrition, seasonal fruit and vegetables, and recycling.

xX The FoodCycle Family Xx


FoodCycle October Newsletter

E-mail sent by Lyly, Monday, 18th October 2010 @ 3:44pm

Hello FoodCyclers,

October has been a busy month with the unveiling of our new logo, welcoming new faces and opening up new initiatives via our Community Cafes.

Amongst other news, as it is the month of spooky Halloween, check out some recipe ideas on what to do with those leftover pumpkins.

Introducing Pip (The apple guy)
For those who have been visiting our Facebook and Twitter pages, you may have already met Pip.  You will see more of Pip and his fruity friends soon.

After eight months of research and brainstorming, we found that this logo captures the importance of our Champions who are the driving force behind FoodCycle.

Jo Buchan and his creative mind is behind the design of our new look.

New Community Cafe in Haringey
We are pleased as peaches with the soft launch of our first Community Cafe in Crouch End.   Many people came to taste the culinary delights of Jess where she made a three course meal consisting of squash soup, a potato bake, and completed by a cake for dessert.

The cafe will now be open every Friday for lunch from 12pm - 2pm serving healthy meals to the public. Our friends at Budgens, Marks & Spencers, Mr Organic, and Sainsburys will be providing us the food.  

Great food. Less waste. Just how we like it.

London homeless and thrown out sandwiches
The BBC highlighted again the amount of food waste the food industry produces where the homeless are taking it upon themselves to provide themselves perfectly good food that has been thrown out.  Sandwich retailers say that charities do not pick up the food often enough to feed those who can benefit but is this the crux of the problem?

What do you think needs to be done to resolve this problem? Crisis and Love Food Hate Waste call for a more planned and coordinated partnership with food retailers.  How do you envision this?

The purple potato 

Not just cabbages, broccoli, and carrots but now purple potatoes.  Deemed to be much healthier with more nutritients than their pale coloured  counterparts, the Purple Majesty were first on sale in Scotland and South East England.

Did you managed to get your hands on some and made a delicious dish with them?
us some photos and tell us what they were like! 

Bye bye Taryn and David. Hello Becca

Last month we said a sad farewell to two great interns.  Taryn, a veteran of FoodCycle was the brains behind FoodCycle's new look and joined by her partner in crime, David, they worked on
 our Champions' manual - the new Bible to running a Hub. We wish them both the best of luck in their next adventures.

Becca is our new addition and will be helping us spread the FoodCycle word in the social media streets. Welcome Becca!

Pumpkin recipes
As you prepare for Halloween next week carving out pumpkin heads, check out this list of recipes to use up what's left.


Pumpkin Smoothie
Bewitched cocktail

Pumpkin soup with parmesan
Pumpkin fritters
Pumpkin and fennel salad

Pumpkin risotto
Courgette and pumpkin seed rice
Pumpkin and peanut curry

Pumpkin pie
Dulce de Calabasa (candied pumpkin)
Chocolate, pumpkin, and pecan brownies

xX The FoodCycle Family Xx


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