Run jointly between FoodCycle and Feedback, the programme will train more than 4,000 young people to reclaim surplus food through gleaning and then cook this food for vulnerable people.
Through Feedback’s Gleaning Network, young people will collect some of the thousands of tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables that are wasted on farms every year across the UK because they do not meet strict cosmetic standards.
Young people then volunteer with FoodCycle, a national charity that uses surplus food to cook three-course nutritious tasty meals for people at risk of food poverty and loneliness. Volunteers and guests sit down together to share a meal – and for many guests, this is the one chance they have each week to eat with and have a conversation with others.
Project outcomes: This project will offer more than 4,000 young people the opportunity to gain skills across the whole food chain: from farm to fork.
4,200 young people will be engaged as volunteers and receive training and education
90 farmers will host gleaning days on their farms
245 tonnes of food (the equivalent of 3 million portions) of food will be diverted from waste – and this is will create 81,000 meals.