Nationwide Community Fridge Network set up to reduce food waste

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Hubbub are encouraging all members of the community to get involved with the food waste project

Sustainability charity Hubbub has partnered up with Sainsbury's and Bosch to launch a ground-breaking initiative to combat food waste.

The Community Fridge Network will see fridges placed in the heart of a community filled with surplus food from local businesses and households. They will be open for everyone in the surrounding area to access.

Organiser hope the concept will combat the issue many households and businesses face in getting surplus perishable food to those who need it safely and within the use-by date.

It was successfully piloted in Swadlicote, Derbyshire last year as part of the Sainsbury's Waste less, Save more programme where over 9,000 items of food were redistributed in just seven months.

CEO and co-founder of Hubbub Trewin Restorick said: "Communities have long demonstrated an incredible ability to pull together to makes positive things happen. It’s great to see healthy perishable food going to those who need it most and we would love to hear from other communities who might be interested in joining us."

The first five new community fridges will open this month in Milton Keynes, north London and Northern Ireland, with many more planned over the next year across the UK.

Sainsbury's head of sustainability Paul Crewe added: "The innovative trial in Swadlicote has shown us that one small town can save over 500kg of food every month so this is a fantastic opportunity for even more people to reduce their food waste and save money."

More information on The Community Fridge Network, including a map of fridge locations and advice for those interested in setting up a community fridge can be found at www.hubbub.org.uk/communityfridgenetwork



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