FoodCycle, which provides meals for vulnerable people from surplus food, was chosen by Veolia due to their complementary objectives that are aligned with the group’s strategy of saving resources.
FoodCycle is a national charity that combines volunteers, donated food and spare kitchen spaces to create tasty, nutritious meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation. From Bath to Birmingham, Clacton-on- Sea to Cambridge, FoodCycle projects run on the simple belief that food waste and food poverty should not co-exist.
Under this new partnering scheme, Veolia are working with FoodCycle to help them achieve their three objectives:
- to reduce food waste,
- to tackle social isolation,
- and to build communities.
Veolia’s own corporate responsibility strategy focuses on creating a more sustainable and resilient, environmentally and socially conscious business. To help tackle long-term social challenges, the company is continuing to work with communities through volunteering and partnering with social enterprises. This brings value to the communities where Veolia operate and contributes to society’s sustainability.
Estelle Brachlianoff, Veolia’s Senior Executive Vice-President UK & Ireland said: “Every year 7 million tonnes of food waste goes to landfill. There are a lot of other ways this could be turned into a resource and the work FoodCycle does is the perfect example of this. I see this partnership with FoodCycle going from strength to strength as together we can help improve the lives of our communities.”
Commenting on the new partnership with Veolia, Mary McGrath, CEO of FoodCycle, said “we are delighted that Veolia have chosen to work with us. Our activities are centred on what we can do to support and grow local communities, and this naturally aligns with the work Veolia do on their contracts. Our partnership will enable us to ensure that we can continue to reduce food waste, improve resource efficiency and, most importantly, bring much-needed friendship and support to those who are in need of help.”