Holiday Hunger

With school holidays drawing to a close, many families are still facing the challenge of providing healthy, nutritious food for their kids.

That's why Food Portsmouth is still sending out as much fresh fruit and vegetables as we can to the adventure playgrounds and youth clubs across Portsmouth, in addition to the hot lunch we already supply.

Tim Head from Stamshaw adventure playground regularly collects a colourful selection.

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Waste Not Want Not: How to turn food waste into gold

Sign the petition and help fund the cost of redistributing more edible surplus food to charity

For £10-15m - a fraction of the cash winding its way to the DUP - the government could fund the redistribution of 100,000 tonnes of edible surplus food and drink per year. Good, tasty food currently ending up in the ground, spread on crops or burned in incinerators could instead be eaten by some of the UK’s most vulnerable people, while saving the charities on which they rely hundreds of millions.

From burnt toast to chicken curry in the Men's Kitchen

For a lot of men – of all ages – the prospect of venturing into the kitchen to cook a meal is rather a daunting one. Even though it's impossible to walk into a book shop nowadays without being confronted by dozens of recipe books – all claiming to make cooking easy.

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Amnesty International recognise Gail Baird of FOOD Portsmouth as an Inspirational Woman of Portsmouth

Congratulations to Gail Baird who's one of just five women from Portsmouth to be recognised in a campaign by Amnesty International to celebrate 100 years of suffragette spirit, and acknowledge their work by placing them on the Suffragette Spirit Map of Britain.

Working within her community at the John Pounds Centre, Gail develops and promotes a fair and positive food culture across the city. She achieves this via FOOD Portsmouth which tackles food poverty and inequalities with projects such as FoodCycle Community Meals and the 'Holiday Hunger' programme, provide training and educational opportunities around healthy eating and food choices, and programs which develop green urban spaces to grow foodstuff.

FoodCycle Portsmouth's Festive Feast

With temperatures hovering around freezing, the period between Christmas and New Year was a horrible time for rough sleepers. That’s why volunteers with FoodCycle Portsmouth, a charity which provides hot meals to vulnerable people, took over a church for a Christmas feast.

King's Church, in Somers Road, was transformed for the event, on Thursday, December 28, when 100 people sat down for a delicious meal with chocolates, crackers, coffee and presents. Guests, who might be homeless, isolated or just finding the festive period to much, came from the local and wider community. All the food was donated by supermarkets who willingly handed over their surplus stock for a good cause.

Gail Baird, from FoodCycle, said: ‘We noticed last year there were a number of places open on Christmas day for those in need, but in the period between Christmas and the New Year most support services were shut. That week can be challenging for the best of us, but for those whose life-line’s are not there, it can be desperate. We decided to bridge that gap and are delighted it was so special, not just for our guests but for the volunteers too.’

More than 35 volunteers from FoodCycle and the LifeHouse worked through the day lifting and shifting equipment and food to cook up a veritable feast – including all the seasonal trimmings.

Gail added: ‘Guests were struck by the beautiful and atmospheric setting and told us they thoroughly enjoyed the fabulous food chocolates, crackers and coffees, gifts and of course the ubiquitous mince pies’.

The event was organised in partnership with the LifeHouse and supported by Tesco Fratton, Asda, Waitrose, the Rotary Club of Waterlooville, John Pounds Church, John Pounds Centre, King’s Church, members of the public and MMD Shipping.

‘It could not have been possible without the continued generosity of all our volunteers who we thank very much. What a night! Happy new year and roll on 2018’, said Gail.

FoodCycle Portsmouth always needs more volunteers. If you think you can help, call Gail on 07809 558474 or e-mail Alternatively, go to