Spotlight on: FoodCycle Portsmouth

“Where communities unite to make sure no good food is wasted”

FoodCycle Portsmouth is a voluntary project in the community, for the community. It has been running in Portsea and Somerstown since 2014. It aims to reduce food poverty, social isolation, and food waste by offering social volunteering opportunities and a community dining experience. Guests enjoy a delicious home-cooked hot meal and conversation over food. The meals are made by friendly volunteers using donated fresh food which is surplus to local food retailers – Sainsbury’s Commercial Road, Morrisons at Victory Park, Waitrose Southsea, Tesco Fratton Park, and Portsmouth Fruit and Flower. 

The meals are meat-free and delicious, ranging from pasta bake to curry, fruit crumble to banana split! 

The meals are free, and dinner guests don’t require a referral – simply turn up on time to take a seat and enjoy dinner!

  • Tuesday’s at John Pounds Centre, Queen Street, PO1 3HN 

Volunteers: 5 – 9pm, Dinner served at 7pm.

  • Thursday’s at King’s Church, Fraser Road, PO5 4QA

Volunteers: 4 – 8pm, Dinner served at 6pm (Family Meal Session)

One volunteer, said “FoodCycle has given me the confidence and skills to not only reduce the meat content of family meals but make healthier vegetarian swaps and try new ideas”.

FoodCycle Portsmouth is a project of the John Pounds Centre. FoodCycle Portsmouth are a fundraising supported organisation, operating on the triple donation model of time, space, and food. They run a range of fundraising activities throughout the year including an annual pop up restaurant! 

For more information about FoodCycle Portsmouth contact them by email or call the John Pounds Centre on 02392 89 29 10. Be social and follow them Facebook and Twitter.