All about Fishguard and Goodwick Community Fridge!
UPDATE: We are currently open in the smaller shed behind the main shed, which we refer to as the Community Pantry. This is to help us comply with Covid prevention – keeping people safe in a more open environment. The larger space is now used for storage and organisation.
Fishguard & Goodwick Community Fridge is a purpose built shed next to the Gateway Community Hub. This innovative resource is for everyone and the aim is to make use of food that would otherwise go to waste. The shed has a fridge and shelving area to safely store food and the food is available for anyone to take. Follow our Facebook page to get updates about what food we have in stock. This project is part of the national Community Fridge Network which is led by the environmental charity HUBBUB. Download our project report to read all about how we set up our fridge:
Who can use the Community Fridge?
Where does the food in the Community Fridge come from?
The food in the fridge and the shelving area has been donated by registered food businesses or members of the public. It has all been donated to stop it going to waste. The Community Fridge acts as hub for the donated food, enabling it to be made accessible to anyone who can make use of it. To ensure excellent food safety and quality we have strict guidance on what can be donated:
We can accept (examples):
- Bakery products that do not contain cream
- Non-dairy drinks
- Unopened Salad or Vegetable packets
- Unopened Non-perishables items (tins, pasta, jars etc)
- Fresh Eggs (traceable, clean, lion stamped with a use by date)
- Unopened pastaurised milk, cheese and yoghurt
- Unopened fruit juices
What we can’t accept:
- Food beyond the USE BY date
- Cooked food from uncertified sources
- No raw meat, raw fish or cooked rice
- Unpasteurised Milk or products containing this
- Raw milk cheese
- Any items containing the above ingredients
It’s really simple to donate food to the Community Fridge. For more information you can download further guidance here:
How do I know the food is safe to eat?
The Fishguard & Goodwick Community Fridge has a 5 Star Food Hygiene rating from the local Environmental Health Officer. 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 has past 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.
If you notice anything amiss when you visit the community fridge please let us know, to help us sort it asap. Email Lesley, foodsaverchampion[at]gmail.com or, in an emergency please phone Tom, 07831582718
Why are Community Fridges needed?
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 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. Below are a number of links where you can access more information:
- You can read heart warming success stories of Community Fridge Projects.
- Learn more about HUBBUB’s Community Fridge Network. This network has lots of inspiring information and guidance about Community Fridges and maps Community Fridges across the UK.
- If you would like advice or more information about setting up a Community Fridge in Pembrokeshire, or if you’re interested in volunteering with the Fishguard & Goodwick Community Fridge, please contact us.
- How are community fridges different to food banks?
Usual Opening Hours
Monday: 10:30 – 16:00
Tuesday: 10:30 – 16:00
Wednesday: 10:30 – 16:00
Friday: 10:30 – 16:00
Saturday: 10:30 – 16:00
For updates check the Fishguard & Goodwick Community Fridge Facebook page:
Funding and support
Surplus food across Pembrokeshire
There are three Community Fridges in Pembrokeshire, find one near you:
Narberth Community Fridge at Bloomfield House Community Centre, Redstone Road, Narberth, SA67 7ES:
Haverfordwest Community Fridge at FRAME, Old Hakin Road, Haverfordwest, SA61 1XF: