Surplus food turned into meals – volunteers, funding & space required

Businesses, News, Third Sector – Friday, January 8th, 2021

FEAST With Us is a food poverty alleviation charity, working across Camden, Islington and Haringey in north London. Since 2015, FEAST With Us have been intercepting surplus food and collecting donations, and using it to cook delicious and nutritious meals for vulnerable people experiencing food poverty and insecurity.

FEAST With Us is operating during the new lockdown as an essential service and part of the emergency response

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the demand for the service provided by FEAST With Us has grown rapidly and they are now cooking out of six venues 16 times a week. This service could not be done without the help of a host of volunteers who generously give their time to collect food, cook meals and deliver them to the meal recipients.

Alongside tackling food poverty, one core mission is to prevent food waste and in 2020, FEAST With Us embarked on an ambitious project to eliminate food waste across its operations. Supported by volunteer Food Waste Champions, this project is unique looking for community-based sustainable solutions to the food waste that cannot be prevented from being created.

Feast with Us are immediately looking for help during lockdown:

  • Volunteer cooks, collection and delivery

Volunteer cooks who can help turn food donations into delicious meals; these sessions are also supported by Facilitators (who are Food Hygiene certified and carry a DBS) and, as of the New Year, Food Waste Champions who will be responsible for ensuring that our aim to make every cooking session a Zero Food Waste FEAST is met on the ground. Feast also have opportunities for people who can collect and deliver food donations, and for people to deliver hot meals straight to our meal recipient’s doors.  All of our opportunities can be accessed through the volunteer page on the Feast website: https://www.feastwithus.org.uk/getinvolved

  • Surplus fresh food
  • Funding to support these activities

 

 

From March 2021 FEAST With Us plan to continue other activities:

  • Space for food growing and compost facilities required – Camden Town, Finchley Road areas

FEAST with Us will be looking to partner with community gardens in the Camden Town area for growing as well as providing workshops and training sessions to volunteers and meal recipients. Additionally on-site space for composting spaces and growing spaces is required in the Finchley Road area.

To find out more about this project, please visit the FEAST With Us website; check back here for regular updates; or email alyson@feastwithus.org.uk for more information on how you can get involved.