Firefighters from Aston Community Fire Station swapped their helmets for hairnets as they volunteered with their local FoodCycle project.
Using food that would otherwise have gone to waste, they rustled up free three-course community Sunday lunches – taking the opportunity to offer the recipients one of our own Safe and Well visits.
FoodCycle is a national charity that serves 38 community meals each week across England. Justin Powell, from the charity, said: “We’re all about building communities and providing a warm, welcoming environment for people who may be lonely or hungry.
“The Aston firefighters were so welcoming and supportive towards people who needed extra help. They got involved in all aspects of volunteering, from preparing vegetables for the main course to serving food and chatting with guests.
“It’s the first time we’ve teamed up like this and we want to ensure our partnership lasts, as well as to encourage more partners to get involved, too.”
Crew Commander Aaron Adshead, of Aston Red Watch, said: “FoodCycle is an award-winning charity that builds communities by combining volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces. They create nutritious meals for people at risk from food poverty and social isolation.
“We were really pleased to be able to help. It was a great way of breaking down barriers and being able to speak to people at higher risk of accidental fires at home.
“We were able to identify several vulnerable people who would benefit from one of our Safe and Well visits, and we’re hoping the collaboration is something we’ll be able to set up in other fire station areas.
FoodCycle Birmingham Aston serve meals at Birmingham Settlement every Sunday at 1.30pm and anyone is welcome to join them. They also have a project in Sutton Coldfield.
Thank you @aston_fire @WestMidsFire for helping us at the @foodcycle Birmingham Aston cook this Sunday! You were all a great help and it was so good to have you there engaging with the community… Q. Were you shocked to see how much food waste we get??? #foodcycle #foodwaste pic.twitter.com/oFBT6UVCIw
— Christie Newman (@cdeenewman) 10 December 2018