20th December 2018
 Andrew Mitchell MP attends launch of new FoodCycle project to tackle homelessness and loneliness

Andrew Mitchell MP together with Deputy Mayor Cllr David Allan has attended the Launch of a new FoodCycle project in the Royal Town.

FoodCycle serves meals and provides users with a unique opportunity for people to socialise and tackle loneliness. The project was launched at the Sutton Coldfield United Reformed Church based near the Parade.

FoodCycle is an award-winning national charity that builds communities by combining volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create nutritious, 3-course meals for local people. FoodCycle runs 39 volunteer-powered community projects nationwide, working to reduce food waste, food poverty and social isolation among vulnerable groups.

FoodCycle uses surplus food from local supermarkets to produce a 3 course meal for free. The project operates every Wednesday serving the Sutton Coldfield community.

Following the meeting, Andrew said:

"I want to support the wonderful work being done by Mr Justin Powell at FoodCycle and Mr David Walton in helping vulnerable and lonely people at a very difficult time"

Justin Powell, FoodCycle Birmingham Regional Manager, said:

“It is great that local councillor David Allan and MP Andrew Mitchell have pledged their support for our mission to build communities using surplus food.

FoodCycle Sutton is our newest project in the area and we would like to thank the local community and our venue partner Sutton Coldfield United Reformed Church, for their support. We invite everyone in the community to join us for a weekly, 3- course meals. We’re open to all, our meals are delicious and we’re great company to boot!”

The Rev’d David Walton, Minister of Sutton Coldfield United Reformed Church said he was:

“Delighted to be working with Foodcycle. In the last two months I’ve seen some excellent meals being served and it has been great to see people from all sorts of backgrounds enjoying not only the food, but meeting new people and making new friends while helping the environment “

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