A charity that helps feed some of Liverpool’s most vulnerable people is celebrating its first anniversary.
Foodcycle Liverpool’s aim is to assist as many Merseyside people at risk of poverty and social isolation as possible.
Liverpool supermarkets, grocers and allotments donate produce for the volunteers to create healthy meals to be served at the café, every Wednesday evening at 7pm. Any leftovers are boxed up for the guests to take away.
Over this past year, the national charity has served over 2,000 three-course meals from St Cleopatra’s Community Cafe, based in the church kitchen on Beresford Road.
A Liverpool hub leader spokeswoman told JMU Journalism: “There’s always a great atmosphere in the hub and whilst saving good food from being wasted and providing free healthy meals is incredibly important. We also recognise that it’s very easy in our society for people to become isolated and removed from others and from their community.
“FoodCycle works to address this by creating warm, friendly environments where everyone is welcome and everyone is valued.”
FoodCycle Liverpool marked its first birthday with a party at their Toxteth community base. Guests included Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Roz Gladden, and the chief executive of Foodcycle, Mary McGrath.
The spokesperson stressed the importance of volunteers and encouraged people to help out, telling JMU Journalism: “At the Liverpool hub we have plenty of great volunteers but we’ll always welcome more.
“It’s a really flexible opportunity where volunteers can choose which dates they would like to volunteer so there’s no strict time commitment.”