A group of Portsmouth-based volunteers have raised £500 to support FoodCycle Portsmouth in reducing food waste and poverty, carbon emissions and social isolation.
Local businesses, supermarkets, artists and musicians teamed up with FoodCycle Portsmouth and Bristol volunteers in a fundraising pop-up community evening of food, live music and art at Watkins & Faux, Pavilion Café, Clarence Esplanade.
The 60-capacity event sold out, with supply far outstripping demand. Patrons were treated to a three-course vegetarian dinner of panzanella salad, South Coast curry, followed by a choice of sponge or crumble for dessert – all of which were created from surplus food donated by local supermarkets, and served to the paying public to raise funds to ensure FoodCycle Portsmouth can continue its work.
It costs FoodCycle Portsmouth £2,500 a year to buy the extra ingredients needed to make meals from the donated surplus food and it is aiming to raise this by December 1.
Every £7 donated means it can buy the extra ingredients needed for a three-course meal for 40 people who are struggling to get by – while ensuring meals are as tasty and nutritious as possible.
Megan Saunders, hub co-ordinator at FoodCycle Portsmouth, said: ‘A big thank-you to all those who supported us, including Nell and Ben at Watkins & Faux for donating their beautiful venue, Portsmouth Fruit and Flowers and local branches of Sainsbury’s Commercial Road, Waitrose, Morrison’s for the donated surplus food and flowers.
‘Thanks also to all our wonderful volunteers who gave up their Friday evening to allow people to learn a little more about what we do and how well the FoodCycle volunteers do it!
‘But we also need new volunteers to help us cook and serve the meals, so if you are cash poor, but time rich, you can still be involved – we need you!’
Visit foodcycle.org.uk/portsmouth to find out more and register as a volunteer or donate food at the John Pounds Centre.
FoodCycle can only accept in-date, unopened vegetarian items.