The Breadline Challenge

A couple of months ago a good friend sent me a tweet, saying the following:

‘Hey, I think I’ve found the perfect charity for you – a combination of volunteers and thrifty cooking’

And that charity was Food Cycle and he couldn’t have been more right! Food cycle, set up in 2009 by Kelvin Cheung, run programmes all over the UK by combining volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation. They do this through a fabulous Hub programme and by setting up Community cafes. Definitely check them out if you can!

In reading more about the work of Food Cycle, I became intrigued about their recent attempt at The Breadline Challenge. The Challenge, which I will come onto later, was borne from the report by Helen Goodman MP who calculated that, with the changes to the benefits system and the introduction of the bedroom tax, some people would be left with just £2.57 per day to spend on food.* And the most shocking thing of all? This affects more than 4 million people in the UK today. A morning coffee at Starbucks costs more than a daily food allowance for 4 million people!”

Read tge compkete post at The Breadline Challenge.

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