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Food charity urgently seeks volunteers for new Townhill project

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FoodCycle is launching its second project in Wales at Townhill’s Phoenix Centre and say it is in urgent need of volunteers as it opens its doors in Swansea.

The charity says it aims to make food poverty, loneliness and food waste a thing of the past for every community.

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This marks FoodCycle’s second Project in Wales, having launched FoodCycle Newport in 2021 to great success.

Opening on Saturday 9 May at The Phoenix Centre on Powys Avenue, the weekly free meal will provide great food and conversation every Monday at 6.30pm for anyone who wants to come along.

The charity say they aim to make food poverty, loneliness and food waste a thing of the past

FoodCycle South West Regional Manager, Alex Hatherly says: ”We are thrilled to be opening our second Project in Wales and introducing FoodCycle to the Swansea community. As the rising cost-of-living hits people across the country, our service is more vital than ever and we look forward to providing a welcoming space and a nutritious, three-course meal to anyone in the community who needs it, no questions asked.”

A FoodCycle volunteer preparing meals

FoodCycle Swansea is looking to recruit new volunteers and Project Leaders. Flexible volunteer roles without a minimum time commitment are open to anyone and include food collection, surplus food coordinators, cooking, hosting and running Projects.

Serving up free weekly community meals using food that would otherwise have gone to waste, FoodCycle is a vital service relies on its volunteers to provide nutritious food and conversation across the UK.

When asked what motivates them to show up, 95% of FoodCycle volunteers want to help reduce food poverty; other reasons included wanting to help strengthen their local community (82%), passionate about saving food from going to waste (88%), wanting to help tackle loneliness (78%), and to meet new people (69%).

A surplus food volunteer for FoodCycle

Deb James, a long-term FoodCycle Volunteer says; “I would recommend being a FoodCycle volunteer to anyone who is interested in cooking good, healthy food, reducing food waste, or just getting involved in the community. It’s really rewarding in lots of ways, whether you’re cooking, hosting, or delivering the food supplies. You get to learn new skills and have great connections with people from all walks of life.”

FoodCycle’s free community meals are open to all, and guests range from low-income families, people affected by homelessness and those who cannot afford to buy food. No questions asked, you can just turn up and take a seat.

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Without volunteers, FoodCycle say they cannot provide a vital service to the community who have come to rely on the chance to sit down to a free, three-course meal every week.

Opening on Saturday 9 May 2022, FoodCycle Swansea will take place every Monday from 6.30pm at The Phoenix Centre, Powys Avenue, Townhill, Swansea, SA1 6PH

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