A second Community Fridge has been launched in Brighton & Hove to help fight food waste and food poverty
It follows the successful installation last year of the city’s first Community Fridge at Phoenix Community Centre in the town centre. This fridge has seen more than 1,000kg of food donated to it over the past nine months and dozens of people making use of it.
Both fridges have been generously donated by Liebherr.
What is a Community Fridge?
A Community Fridge is a tried and tested way of stopping good food ending up in the bin. It is housed in a public, accessible place, making surplus food freely available to anyone who wants it. The surplus food is provided by local businesses or members of the public.
Whitehawk Inn was chosen to be the second location for a Community Fridge because it has a great community network and it is positioned near to surrounding shops and businesses who might have surplus food. It is also one of the most deprived neighbourhoods in the city. Ideally, we would like to see Community Fridges in all areas in Brighton and Hove where there is an identified need.
We are very excited to launch this second Community Fridge in Brighton. Food poverty and food waste are both huge problems and it is fantastic to see a positive solution to both issues. The first Community Fridge is going exceptionally well.
Helen Starr-Keddle, Development Officer, BHFP
The new Whitehawk Inn Community Fridge is open Monday to Thursday 9am to 4pm and Friday 11am to 1pm. It can accept sealed packaged foods, cheeses, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, table sauces, pastry, unopened milk and yoghurt, unopened fruit juices and salads, and eggs if they are in date.
Unfortunately, it cannot accept home-cooked food or cooked food from unregistered sources, cooked food that doesn’t have a use-by date, cooked rice, pâtés, bean sprouts and food made from unpasteurised milk.
Find out more about how the scheme works.
Anyone can pick up food from the Whitehawk Inn or Phoenix Community Centre fridges for free. They are not policed and their operation is based on trust. People though are asked to be considerate and only take what they need. People wanting to collect food in Whitehawk need to sign up to the scheme and they will be texted when food has been donated.
“Whitehawk Inn serves one of the most deprived communities in the country. The contrast with other areas in Brighton and Hove emphasises the need for a dual approach, one which will attempt to reduce food waste – a national problem that also affects our city – while also addressing food poverty. We are developing partnerships to ensure regular donations of surplus food. Until then, we are informing community members when donations are due.”
Mirco Cordeiro, Scheme Coordinator, Whitehawk Inn, Brighton Housing Trust
Success at Phoenix Community Centre Fridge
The Phoenix Community fridge, at Hyde’s Phoenix Community Centre, has been an enormous success since it opened its doors in May last year, with 1,000kg of food distributed to Brighton & Hove residents.
The project started 2019 on a positive note, with the award of a further £800 of funding from Hyde Charitable Trust, which will help deliver more donations to the fridge from FareShare, the UK’s largest charity fighting hunger and food waste.
And in more good news, Aldi has joined the growing list of those donating surplus food to the fridge, with Morrison’s in the near future.
Phoenix Centre Manager Sean Sheppard explained:
It’s an exciting start to 2019. I will be recruiting resident volunteers to help manage the fridge project and will pay for them to gain food safety certificates to further their learning and prospects.
We also plan to host a new group sessions, ‘Seed to plate’. We will use our community gardening project to help teach the importance of growing sustainable food and having a healthy diet. The aim is to change people’s relationships with food.
The fridge has grown exponentially in awareness and understanding, and is relied on by a vast amount of people needing to access food on a daily basis.
Community Fridges have been installed in many sites across the country, supported by Hubbub, a national charity coordinating the Community Fridge network.
For more information about Community Fridges please contact Helen Starr-Keddle on firstname.lastname@example.org 07850 002596.