What is a Community Fridge?

Building on the success of the Transition Surplus Food Cafe in Fishguard, our team are helping other groups to set up Community Fridges across Pembrokeshire. A Community Fridge is a place where surplus food from local suppliers can be shared with the local community. Community Fridges are located in publicly accessible places and the food is available for everyone. Often Community Fridges also have storage space or shelving for dry goods. The food in Community Fridges will always be good to eat and could come from supermarkets, registered food supplies and unopened items from members of the public or from allotments.

Why are Community Fridges important?

The Waste and Resource Action Programme (WRAP) estimate that 61% of food waste in the UK could be avoided and that the average family in the UK throws away £470 worth of edible food each year. A Community Fridge is a creative tool to help combat this growing issue. It provides suppliers with the opportunity to share surplus food with the community and stop food being wasted. Across the UK Community Fridges have already helped families and individuals save money, stopped perfectly edible food going to waste and built connections within communities.

Where does the food in the Community Fridge come from?

Food in the fridge will always be good and safe to eat. Depending on the community involved, food could come from local shops/supermarkets, registered food suppliers/traders and unopened items from members of the public or from allotments. There are clear guidelines on what foods can and cannot be accepted and all Community Fridge volunteers and users are made aware of these.

How will I know that food in the Community Fridge is safe to eat?

A team of trained volunteers are responsible for the daily checking of food, cleaning and temperature monitoring of the fridge. They maintain fridge hygiene standards and ensure unsafe food is disposed of responsibly. The fridge will never have produce that is not good to eat or that is passed its use-by date. Clear, easy to follow guidelines inform volunteers and users on how to use the fridge and what items can and cannot go in. Community Fridges are assessed and rated using the Food Hygiene Rating Assessment by local Environmental Health Officers (EHO); this is the same assessment required of all food businesses.

Where can I get more information?

Across the UK the buzz about Community Fridges is growing rapidly. They are great way to build connections in your local community and help reduce good food going to landfill. The team at Transition Bro Gwaun are able to offer support to set up Community Fridges in Pembrokeshire. Below are a number of links where you can access more information:

 

Interested in sharing surplus food across Pembrokeshire?

OLIO is a free app connecting people with their neighbours and with local shops so surplus food and other items can be shared, not thrown away. You can download it on the links below:

iOS: http://apple.co/215l6LQ         

Android: http://bit.ly/1U4gm7g