Investment project code: 23
This fund would enable us to pay our Volunteer Coordinator full time to manage and grow our food sharing project. This is an essential role and without this position we would not be able to successfully continue this important work.
Cargo Bike Movement is a charity that was established, initially informally, in April 2020 in response to the first UK Covid-19 lockdown. Since then, we have gone through the journey of being a Community Interest Company (CIC) and now a registered charity (SC051593)!
By bringing together cargo bikes and volunteers, we were able to respond to food insecurity experienced by many across the city of Edinburgh. We did this in a number of ways, such as delivering surplus supermarket food to those being accommodated in hotels, shelters, and hostels, and supporting local food banks and building partnerships with various charitable organisations across Edinburgh.
By collecting surplus food from supermarkets, we prevent these products from being wasted, which helps people and planet.
We ensure these tasty items end up on plates - where they should be - and limit the greenhouse gas emissions associated with food ‘waste’. Typically, 1 tonne of food wasted from supermarkets results in 1 kg CO2 equivalent emissions*. These greenhouse gas emissions can negatively alter our atmosphere and impact climate change.
Working through existing charities and services, we get food to those that need it in a dignified way.
Over 80,000 people in Edinburgh live in poverty, affecting almost 1 in 5 children**. Ideally, the service we and our partners deliver shouldn’t be needed, but sadly it is and we are proud to be able to offer the support that we do.
* DEFRA Conversation Factors, 2020
** Edinburgh Poverty Commission
Proposed on behalf of: Cargo Bike Movement is a charity that was established, initially informally, in April 2020 in response to the first UK Covid-19 lockdown. By bringing together cargo bikes and volunteers, we were able to respond to food insecurity experienced by many across the city of Edinburgh.
Amazing amazing charity! Some of the loveliest folk in Edinburgh working/volunteering here to bring real waves of positive change.
Love you all. Doing such good work. Good luck.
Keep up the good fight ✊
This project has a great track record involving community and showing how cargobikes can be a useful tool in the city. With the LEZ coming in supporting this is a vote for a low carbon and active future.
A ground-breaking charity, bursting with energy, which has taken on some truly important work: i) rescuing tonnes of delicious food, still perfectly edible, from supermarkets before it ends up in landfill; ii) promoting the use of cargo bikes as a viable and sustainable method of transporting bulk goods around the city; and iii) demonstrating, through its growing army of volunteers, that people of all ages and from all sorts of backgrounds recognise the value of food rescue projects and are prepared to step forward to help.
Amazing charity, supporting community and empowering people. They deserve this!
This charity drives significant societal and environmental value in the community, supporting crucial immediate food needs and long term benefits like sustainable transport, reduced wastage and circular economy.
A shining example of an agile, adaptive, great value for money charity, combining strong social, environmental, community, and health goals, and serving businesses by helping them to achieve targets for reducing food waste.
Long live Cargo Bike Movement!!!
An organisation full of hard working staff and volunteers who are passionate about making a difference for people and planet. They are so deserving of this vital funding!