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Case Study: FoodCycle

In this video, Lucy Swain from FoodCycle talks about their work in tackling food waste and food poverty in Bristol.

The Barton Hill Settlement was established in 1911 to support community development in East Bristol. Its facilities and services are used by many organisations, including FoodCycle. Each weekend, this community project collects surplus food from local retailers and make nutritious meals for those who need it.

FoodCycle addresses two important global issues, food waste and food poverty. It also alleviates social isolation and brings the community closer together. FoodCycle’s vision is to create ‘a society where no one is hungry or lonely’.

Volunteers are drawn from the local community and Bristol’s two universities. Each volunteer can contribute in different ways. Some cycle to visit shops early in the morning to collect food. Travelling by bicycle limits the group’s carbon footprint. Other volunteers also give their time to cook and host guests at the community kitchen. Fundraising events are also held in other locations.

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