FoodCycle combines volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create nutritious meals for people at risk from food poverty and social isolation. We run over 23 projects across the UK where our amazing volunteers collect and cook surplus ingredients into tasty three-course meals; bringing the community together in a warm and welcoming environment.
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Alice, Cat and Hattie are cycling from London to Paris...and back again, to raise money for FoodCycle Bristol !

The Challenge

On 6th September we’ll set off from the big smoke, cycling 60 miles to the jewel of the South coast (London to Brighton). We’ll then hop on the ferry to arrive in Dieppe ready for two more days of riding down to Paris, covering a further 130 miles…. Then we’re going to cycle back again! In total we’ll cover over 300 miles. It’s certainly longer than our usual trips around Bristol collecting surplus food on the bikes.

Along the way…

Because cycling to Paris and back might not be quite enough of a challenge in itself (it probably would be to be honest!), and because we believe that for real change to happen it’s just as important to raise awareness about the food waste problem, and to connect communities, as it is to raise money, we’ll be taking our trusty FoodCycle trailers with us.

We’ll be collecting, distributing and cooking surplus food along the way. We’ll be meeting up with people who are feeding bellies not bins in London, Brighton, Paris and Portsmouth. We’ll glean ideas, share stories, tips and experiences. We’ve plans for a big surplus food feast in Portsmouth on the way back.

Why Paris?

So why are we heading to Paris?

  1. You might have heard that a new piece of legislation has recently been passed in France requiring supermarkets to donate surplus food to charities for redistribution. We want to see how they do things in France, and meet some of the organisations that redistribute surplus food in Paris – what do they think of the new legislation, and what impacts will it have on their organisations?
  2. In December Paris will host COP 21, ‘the Paris Climate Talks’. COP21 is a crucial conference, as it needs to achieve a new international agreement on the climate.  We want to demonstrated that the road to and from Paris is a sustainable one, full of community initiatives, innovative low carbon solutions. We want to encourage and inspire environmental action.
  3. Paris is pretty lovely, and cycling through the French countryside is definitely the best way to get there.

Why FoodCycle?

You might already be aware that we all help to run FoodCycle Bristol.

FoodCycle is a charity with a simple yet incredibly powerful model that combines surplus food; volunteers; and spare kitchen spaces, to tackle food waste; food poverty and social isolation.

In Bristol, along with the rest of the team and the many wonderful volunteers we put on a three course meal every week at Barton Hill Settlement. We’re constantly spreading the FoodCycle message too through our education and outreach work.

Not only is food being saved from the bin, and people are being fed, but volunteers and guests alike are picking up new cooking skills, eating more fruit and vegetables, making friends, and wasting less food.

Why do we need your help?

We need your help. We need your help because 15 million tonnes of food is thrown away in the UK every year. We need your help because over 4 million people are affected by food poverty in the UK.

We need your help because together communities can make a difference. And that’s exactly what we’re doing. We massively appreciate all donations. Thank you.

If you would like to meet up along the way, or help out at the Portsmouth Pop Up then please email:

Big Love x

Recent donors

18.10.15 Sorry this is so belated! Well done, you awesome lot!

06.10.15 A very late donation! Well done!

01.10.15 Well done guys, amazing effort. Can't wait to come back and visit :)

25.09.15 Well done for completing the UK to Paris food cycle ride and good luck in your endeavors.

17.09.15 From the academic support team. Congratulations to you all! xxx



13.09.15 Well done from Ben's friend Jo

10.09.15 Chilling in Paris yet?

10.09.15 Amazing effort xxx

09.09.15 Oi oi oi have fun with bikes and baguettes and stuff!

08.09.15 Good luck Alice!

08.09.15 Hope you make it Catherine!

08.09.15 GO HATTIE....awesome adventure and with those trolleys too. Mental!


08.09.15 Best of luck to all of you! Fantastic effort. x



06.09.15 Good luck,your work is truly amazing

05.09.15 Good luck!

05.09.15 Good luck Hat, you'll be amazing! Xx



05.09.15 Good luck!

05.09.15 Good luck to you and the team Hattie!! x


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