Three course meal made of food waste to be served in Tooting
A new charity is tackling poverty by providing meals made out of unwanted food.
FoodCycle Wandsworth will run every Saturday in the Mushkill Aasan, Upper Tooting Road, Tooting, from February 22.
An official launch event is taking place with a three course meal made out of surplus ingredients on offer.
Tooting MP Sadiq Khan will be attending the opening event, while people dressed in gorilla costumes hand out tropical smoothies to guests.
There will also be a fun food-fact based quiz, competitions and a screening of the documentary Waste=Food.
Every week volunteers collect unwanted food from shops like Sainsbury's and use ingredients to create healthy three course meals.
The meals will be provided for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation, with a focus on people living in sheltered accommodation.
Sainsbury's, in Tooting High Street, Tooting, has been the main provider of surplus food to the kitchen.
Grocers and donations of equipment from the public have also been gratefully accepted.
Mary McGrath, CEO of FoodCycle, said: "FoodCycle has grown so quickly since it began in 2008, and we saw the need in Wandsworth for what we do.
"It just doesn’t make sense for over 4m people to be affected by food poverty in the UK when each year we waste millions of tonnes of perfectly edible food.
"We’re looking forward to reclaiming surplus food and turning it into tasty meals for those that need it most right here in Wandsworth."
The launch event is taking place from 1.30pm to 3pm.
Visit foodcycle.org.uk/location/wandsworth-hub for more information.
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