FoodCycle, the charity that fights food poverty and loneliness across the South West, is in urgent need of volunteers across the Bath area.
As an essential service, Foodcycle continues to be a lifeline to the community during the latest lockdown.
Due to isolating or shielding from the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteer numbers for the charity have dropped significantly.
Without volunteers, Foodcycle cannot provide a vital service to the community who have come to rely on their weekly meals and food provision.
Foodcycle volunteer roles in Bath are open to anyone who has some time to spare. Current roles include food collection, surplus food coordinators and delivery drivers, plus cooking or hosting at ‘Cook and Collect’ projects in Bath.
Unable to bring people together through community meals for much of 2020 due to Government restrictions, Foodcycle also launched Check-in and Chat this year.
This service, where volunteers call guests for a weekly natter to help combat social isolation, is also looking for new recruits.
Those who are shielding, have been told to isolate or classed as clinically vulnerable should not apply to volunteer.
Those showing any symptoms, have tested positive or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, should not volunteer at this time.
To help stop the spread of coronavirus, and to keep Foodcycle guests and volunteers safe, FoodCycle has introduced a number of new policies and procedures such as compulsory wearing of face coverings, hand sanitising stations, socially distanced queues and collecting data in line with track and trace.
Alex Hatherly, South West Regional Manager at FoodCycle said: “Being a part of FoodCycle gives our volunteers a real sense of purpose in these unusual times.
“People often sign up to give something back but end up staying because of how much they gain from it. Not only does it make such a huge difference to the people that receive the food but leads to our volunteers making friends and feeling part of the community.
“We really do need more volunteers to ensure that we can keep this vital service running.”
Foodcycle in Bath is currently operating at Nexus Methodist Church, for Cook and Collect every Wednesday from 7.30pm–8.30pm.