On Thursday September 19th the Liberal Democrat controlled North Norfolk District Council backs a successful food sharing scheme by officially launching a new ‘Community Fridge’ in North Walsham, supported by the environmental charity Hubbub UK as part of a new effort to tackle food waste.
The fridge will be open on weekdays to enable residents and businesses to share surplus fresh food that would otherwise go to waste. The ‘Community Fridge’ makes it available to anyone who can help themselves to the donated food .
North Norfolk District Council is calling all local food businesses/allotment holders in North Walsham and surrounding areas to donate surplus food to the ‘Community Fridge’ from September 19 onwards.
Food waste is a major concern in the UK, with the average household throwing away £700 worth of food every year. At the same time 4 million people in the UK are living in food poverty. Most food waste in the UK can be avoided if managed appropriately.
Cllr Nigel Lloyd (Lib Dem, North Walsham West Ward) and North Norfolk District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “NNDC fully support community minded groups of people who wish to set up community fridges in their towns and villages within North Norfolk. Following on from the successful Fakenham community fridge which has been operational for several years, it is hoped that the North Walsham scheme will replicate their success. Community fridges help to minimise food waste and therefore reduce waste to landfill. People can come to the fridge and take the food away to be used at home to avoid it being wasted. It’s a win-win situation”
The fridge will host two soft launches, the first on Thursday August 22 and again on August 29 where volunteers will have a stall at North Walsham market promoting the fridge and explaining how people can get involved. The ‘Community Fridge’ , which is located in Cafe Kitale within St Nicholas Court will then be open from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p..m.
The fridge is one of a growing number opening up across the UK. The concept first arrived in the UK in 2016 with Community Fridges opening up in Swadlincote, Frome and London. Now, over 50 projects are running across the country.
To find out more about the North Walsham Fridge, to donate or volunteer visit their Facebook page or email [email protected].
About The Community Fridge Network
The Community Fridge Network was set up in July 2017 by Hubbub with funding from:
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, North London Waste Authority, The Funding Network and Sainsbury’s, with fridges and freezers donated by Bosch. The network received a significant boost in December 2017 thanks to £160,000 of National Lottery funding from Big Lottery Fund. The network provides a free support service for any group setting up or running a Community Fridge. It aims to make it easier for new projects to become established, and to help the concept flourish across the UK and beyond.
More information on The Community Fridge Network can be found at: www.hubbub.org.uk/communityfridgenetwork