First Cooking Sessions!

It’s been a long time coming, but Bath Foodcycle is finally cooking!

Julian House, a homeless shelter in central Bath, invited us to cook there on Saturday mornings early this year, but without a ready source of “waste” food, it was impossible to commit to a start date. But finally, in early April, Central office signed a landmark agreement with Sainsbury’s, allowing us to start collecting food from our local Superstore in Green Park Station. The manager was very supportive, even offering to deliver food to Julian House. As a trial run of the Foodcycle model for hub leaders and new volunteers alike, we decided on a six-week trial run at Julian House.

The first Saturday of six, May 5th, was an enormous success! Sainsbury’s delivered five crates of food, with the Thoughtful Bread Company providing lots of tasty bread. Our team of five volunteers were hard-pressed to come up with a menu, and then start cooking with a view to begin serving in an hour and a half’s time. But they rose to the challenge, and began by preparing frozen pizza as a starter. Not normal Foodcycle fare, but all food is good food! Main course was a delicious courgette, mushroom and carrot stew, served with bread and a side salad. The standard Foodcycle fruit salad was a winner when pudding came around, but the main surprise of the day was an apple crumble, served with ice cream as a special treat! 25 beneficiaries and all the volunteers were served, but there was still enough bread, stew and salad left over by midday for Julian House residents to enjoy later that day.

Along with a recent increase in volunteer numbers and recruitment of assistant Leaders, Bath Foodcycle has really come a long way in a very short time. Watch out for regular updates on events, food waste news and all of our menus on our Facebook and Twitter pages! Photos will be available very soon!

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