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Food Friends tackles social isolation and loneliness in communities through food and friendship. Our meal-sharing initiative connects volunteers – who are willing to deliver an extra portion of their home cooked food – with a neighbour, who would benefit from a delicious home cooked meal and doorstep chat.

We provide a unique volunteering opportunity for people with busy lives, built on people’s love of food, and its ability to connect those in a community who would otherwise never cross paths. A meal is more than just the ingredients on the plate, nourishment beyond nutrition – it is the provision of kindness and hope.

According to the Waste and Resource Action Programme (WRAP), UK households waste 4.5 million tonnes of edible food a year, equating to 10 billion meals! So if you often find yourself with that extra portion, don’t pop it in the bin or freeze it with good intention, do something great with that plate! Sign-up to Food Friends and we will match you with a neighbour who would benefit from that home cooked meal along with some company and conversation.

Every person has a part to play in reducing food waste. Fight against climate change and combat social isolation and loneliness in your community by becoming a Food Friends Volunteer Cook today!

How to volunteer to cook for your community

Original article written by Xanthe Clay for The Telegraph. What do we do when we want to make people feel better? We feed them. A hug is currently out of the question, it’s the next best thing.

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How Whitstable came together to feed isolated residents

Original article written by Madeline Howell for The Telegraph. Whitstable is seen as affluent, and people love to visit – but hidden citizens struggle with social isolation and food poverty.

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Developing fantastic new food friendships – Meeting Mac

Vanessa has been a Food Friends volunteer cook for 9 months. She talks to us about meeting her remarkable Food Friend Mac and the wonderful friendship they’ve developed.

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