Amazing how time flies, it doesn’t seem that long ago that we heard about the formation of FoodCycle Portsmouth, a community organisation combining volunteers, surplus food, and spare kitchen spaces to create nutritious meals for people at risk from food poverty and social isolation. It is great to hear that FoodCycle Portsmouth celebrated its 1st year anniversary this Tuesday with lots of guests and live music from the Pompey Pluckers at the John Pounds Centre in Portsea.
The guests were treated to a delicious 3 course meal of cheese and bean quesadilla, veg pie with roasties, and a hot cross bun pudding. However, the food wasn’t the only talking point last night as people got up from their seats to enjoy the music and celebrate. The Pompey Pluckers, armed with their Hawaiian shirts & Ukuleles, have partnered with many different charities and it is easy to see why they’re so popular after their exciting and electric performance on Tuesday night. Their accompaniment to dinner was the perfect way to celebrate a very successful year of volunteering and tasty community meals at FoodCycle Portsmouth.
Since launching in March 2014, FoodCycle Portsmouth have served over 1,697 community meals using 2,689.9kgs of surplus food donated by local supermarkets. This has been achieved through the hard-work and generosity of our volunteers, who have put in over 1,200 hours of their own time. FoodCycle Portsmouth have had a very eventful year, with the highlight being the opening of a Thursday meal in Somerstown which is slowly and gaining new guests. All of these great achievements could never have been dreamt of without the outstanding and tireless work of our fantastic volunteers who continue to cook delicious community meals week in and week out.
Want to find out how to get involved? Email Portsmouth@foodcycle.org.uk