Worcestershire’s first community fridge is now up and running and looking for you to help the project succeed.
The fridge is sited at Upton Baptist Church, Old Street, Upton-upon-Severn WR8 0HN and is open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm.
Rev Amy Wearing, the Minister at Upton Baptist Church is the driving force behind this project with the support of Worcestershire County Council, Malvern Hills District Council, the Community Fridge Network run by environmental charity Hubbub and the Upton branch of the Co-Op.
What is a Community Fridge?
Community Fridges are communal spaces where organisations and households can share perishable food that would have been otherwise wasted. They are social spaces which help to reduce food waste, build trust locally and normalise the sharing of foods and other household items. Fridges are welcoming places open to everyone.
Why do we need Community Fridges?
The average family in the UK waste £810 a year by throwing away food and drink and £3 billion is wasted by the food sector. Despite growing awareness of food waste, people and businesses lack easy ways to pass on food near its ‘use by’ date.
How does a Community Fridge work?
People donate food that is close to its ‘use by’ date that they know they won’t use. We are also happy to accept donations of fruit and vegetables from allotment holders and/or local shops. Businesses can also donate food that they cannot sell, but it must be fresh and close to its ‘use by’ date.
You can also take the food if you see anything that you know you will use. All of this is free of charge. This is not a foodbank and there is no need to feel ashamed or embarrassed that you are using the community fridge – it is a food redistribution project to cut the amount of food waste in the town.
All food must be good for at least another 24 hours when you donate it.
The fridge will have a signing in/out sheet, so you can log what you have donated and/or taken, just so that the volunteers running the fridge can keep a track of what is going in and out of the fridge and ensure everything stays safe to eat.
Donating to the fridge:
We can accept:
- Sealed packaged food
- Fresh fruit
- Fresh vegetables
- Table sauces
- Unopened pasteurised milk and yoghurt
- Unopened fruit slices
- Fresh eggs (traceable Lion stamped eggs with clean shells and a use-by-date)
Please note: if putting food into new or different packaging make sure the use-by-date and allergy information are transferred across.
Sorry we can't accept:
- Cooked food (from your home or unregistered sources)
- Bean sprouts
- Cooked rice
- Raw milk cheeses
- Unpasteurised milk
- Products that contain any of the above ingredients
- Unlabelled multiple ingredient items
For more information on the community fridge contact Upton Baptist Church on 01684 594991 or go to their Facebook page (link opens in a new window)
For more information and advise on how to set up your own visit the Community Fridge project (link opens in a new window)