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  • FoodCycle Social Impact Report

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    This week, we were invited by FoodCycle (our charity partner) to attend their 2023 Social Impact Report launch in London.

    It was great to hear from Sophie Tebbetts (CEO Foodcycle) about the amazing work that FoodCycle is doing in the community, at a time when they are needed more than ever. We also heard a heartwarming story from Pearl Humphrey on her stories from being a Foodcycle Project Leader on the ground in Walthamstow.

    Some of the headline stats include:
    – Serving up over 120,000 meals to communities across the UK
    – 22 new projects opened in 2023
    – Saving 229 tonnes of food that would’ve gone to waste, equating to 140,000kg of CO2 emissions had it gone to landfill

    And what about the human impact?
    – 72% of guests feel lonely
    – 69% eat most or all of their meals on their own
    – 46% live on their own

    As a result of coming to FoodCycle projects…
    – 88% of guests say that it makes them feel part of their community
    – 92% of guests said they feel happier
    – 93% of guests said they feel well fed

    This is just a snapshot of the essential work that FoodCycle is doing in the communities up and down the country.  We left the event feeling overawed by the work that the FoodCycle team puts in to help others. Many business-charity partnerships can feel forced or contrived, but there is such a natural fit between Foodcycle and Tastesmiths, and we can’t think of a better organisation to work with. We both believe that not only does food have the unique power to bring people together, but food waste is something we can all help to reduce.

    Thank you to FoodCycle team for inviting us along to hear about the journey so far, as well as the plans for the future. We can’t wait to see how we can work more closely together in 2024.

    🥳 Happy 15th Birthday FoodCycle!

    The full report can be found here.