Hubbub doubles Community Fridge network

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Hubbub will open a further 50 sites over the next 22 months

Hubbub will double its Community Fridge network by the end of 2020 thanks to National Lottery funding.

Following the uptake of the first 50 fridges, the environmental charity will now open a further 50 sites over the next 22 months.

Fridges are placed in community hubs with an aim to provide a place for residents and businesses to donate surplus food, available for anyone in the community to take.

Set up in 2017, the network has been funded by backers including Sainsbury’s, Bosch, Samsung and the Climate Change Foundation.

The network estimates it is redistributing an average of 25 tonnes of food each month, equalling 50,000 meals.

In the UK £13bn of edible food is thrown away every year from homes, with a further £3bn of food wasted by the hospitality and food service sector.

Hubbub has teamed up with with 2013 MasterChef winner Natalie Coleman to celebrate the scheme’s rollout.

She will be visiting Food Academy Community Fridge today (6 March) to make dishes with ingredients found there.

Trewin Restorick, founder and CEO of Hubbub, said: “The fridges not only save valuable food, they help bring people together and have become real community hubs.

“Some people had doubts at the outset as to whether the Community Fridge network would work, but the fridges have developed to be positive, social spaces that have proven the doubters wrong."

In a survey of 21 Community Fridges, 50% said people are sharing skills, 45% stated their Community Fridge is linked to cooking and growing workshops and 30% said people are sharing other household items.

Community Fridges, also known as ‘Solidarity’ or ‘Honesty’ fridges have also been introduced in Spain and Germany.

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