A national charity that fights food poverty and loneliness will continue to provide free takeaway meals & delivery to people in need during the current lockdown.

Providing food and conversation to thousands of individuals every week across the country, FoodCycle is viewed as a vital service and so can legally operate during lockdown. 

The service’s users can continue to collect nutritious food for themselves and their households. Those unable to visit their local FoodCycle project due to self-isolating or shielding can ask a friend, neighbour or family member to collect on their behalf. Those who fall under the category of critically vulnerable or have been told to shield can access extra provision through NHS Responders.

FoodCycle’s Check-in & Chat service is also open. The initiative aims to address the issue of social isolation during the pandemic, with volunteers calling Foodcycle users for a weekly chat.

Commenting, FoodCycle CEO Mary McGrath MBE (pictured below) said: ”Our number-one priority will always be the safety and welfare of our guests and volunteers. We will continue to work with our teams, volunteers and venues to maintain our high standards and keep everyone as safe as possible while delivering this vital service to vulnerable people across the country.”

FoodCycle Birmingham is currently operating projects at the following locations: Birmingham Falcon Lodge Community Centre (for Cook & Collect every Monday from 3pm to 4pm, as well as weekly deliveries); Birmingham Longbridge (a temporary food parcel weekly delivery service to those living in the B31 and B45 areas).

For more information about FoodCycle, visit foodcycle.org.uk.