About the role
FoodCycle volunteers are welcoming and committed people who want to create delicious meals and lasting
relationships within their community. As a Cooking Volunteer, you’ll support the team in creating recipe ideas, help with
the preparation of food and the cooking of the meal. You’ll be supported by a FoodCycle Project Leader, who will help
make sure the session goes smoothly and is there for any questions you might have, so you don’t have to be a chef to
FoodCycle combines surplus food, volunteers and free kitchen space to create nutritious, three-course meals for the
We have 4 main aims:
• To strengthen communities
• To encourage friendships
• To improve nutrition and reduce hunger
• To change attitudes towards food and to reduce food waste
A FoodCycle project is where the magic happens. Each project is run on the ground by a team of 8 or more lead
volunteers called Project Leaders, with each leader taking on a specific role to ensure the smooth running of their
FoodCycle Project. As a FoodCycle volunteer you will be coming in to support the project and ensure we can
continue to make an impact.
Skills you'll learn
✓ Teamwork: you’ll work as part of a team to prepare a delicious meal and serve it to our guests.
✓ Cooking: you’ll learn how to cater for large numbers of guests and how to make your meals nutritionally
✓ Food hygiene: you’ll complete a FoodCycle level one quiz before signing up to your first session.
✓ Problem solving: you won’t always know what your ingredients will be so you will need to get creative to
produce delicious three-course meals
✓ Relationship building: you'll be building lasting relationships with your guests and volunteers, ensuring
they come back each week.
✓ Fundraising: you have the opportunity to participate in fundraising activities, like pop ups and sponsored
challenges, to help raise vital funds to support your project.
FoodCycle is a company limited by guarantee (number 7101349) and a registered charity in England and Wales (number 1134423).
What to expect from FoodCycle
✓ Ongoing support and advice from a FoodCycle Project Leader during every session.
✓ Expenses covered in line with our volunteer policy.
✓ Impressive skills to add to your CV and a reference if/when you need it.
✓ The opportunity to meet a large network of like-minded people.
✓ A fun, creative volunteer experience contributing to a community lead project.
What’s expected from me
✓ Have bags of enthusiasm
✓ Follow all FoodCycle policies and procedures – including the volunteer agreement
✓ Follow all training you receive when registering with us
✓ Support FoodCycle to fulfil its aim of nourishing communities using surplus food!
Give as much as you feel! It is easy to volunteer with FoodCycle and we don’t look for minimum commitments, but
love it if you keep coming back! An average cooking volunteer slot is 4 hours.