FoodCycle charity launches challenge to raise funds for the vulnerable this Spring

National food charity, FoodCycle is launching its first ever challenge event next month to raise funds for vulnerable people.

The challenge will begin on April 1 and aims to spread a little ‘hap-pea-ness’ this spring.

Taking place across April, the ‘FoodCycle 50 Challenge’ will see participants set a fitness target based around the number 50, over a 30-day period. 

This can include anything from cycling 50 miles per week, to a daily dose of 50 star jumps, during which vital funds will be raised for vulnerable people across the country. 

By getting involved, participants will not only be getting active during April, but also helping FoodCycle provide nutritious meals to local communities in need. 

To add an extra element and hoping to improve mental health, FoodCycle is also encouraging people to take part dressed as their favourite fruits and vegetables – upping the fun levels even more. 

FoodCycle CEO Mary McGrath MBE, said: “We are thrilled to be launching our first ever challenge event this year, just in time for the promise of spring and the cautious relaxing of lockdown restrictions.

“We hope FoodCycle 50 not only raises vital funds to help us continue to tackle food poverty and loneliness in communities across the country, but brings a little light hearted relief and uplifting activity after a challenging year.”

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, FoodCycle has been unable to carry out its usual roles, like taking surplus food and turning it into nutritious community meals, with the aim of reducing food waste, food poverty and tackling social isolation.

Government guidelines on social distancing meant FoodCycle had to quickly adapt to delivering food parcels and has now moved to providing a Cook and Collect takeaway service.

To help combat social isolation, they also launched a Check-in and Chat service, where volunteers call guests for a weekly natter.

In a bid to raise funds, they came up with the FoodCycle 50 challenge, which enables fundraisers to clock up their 50 in whichever way they choose. 

Whether it’s stomping the pavement for 50 minutes a day or learning 50 new yoga poses in a month, this challenge is perfect for anyone wishing to contribute.

As well as bringing together FoodCycle’s far-reaching network of volunteers, supporters and corporate partners, it also aligns with FoodCycle’s aims; to strengthen communities, encourage friendships, improve nutrition and change attitudes. 

There will be lots more FoodCycle 50 news announced throughout the month including access to FoodCycle 50 Fuel recipes from their award-winning chef friends, Ben Tish and Melissa Hemsley, and tips on fancy dress and fundraising.

Keen to be the zest in a different cardio challenge? For more information in FoodCycle 50 or to sign up to the challenge, visit 

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J Dew
J Dew
31 March 2021 6:49 pm

I notice people using food banks always have enough money for fags and booze but not food. Priorities are all skewed.

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