Welcome to the Community Fridge Network on ChangeX. We want to support as many people as possible to prevent good food going to waste by setting up a Community Fridge in their local area. Here you can find all the information and resources you need and we're looking forward to helping you get up and running!
The Community Fridge Network
Community Fridges are communal places where surplus food is shared with the local community, by local businesses and individuals. So far they've helped thousands connect to their communities, access nutritious food, save money and reduce waste. They are a tried and tested way of stopping good food ending up in the bin. They’re housed in public, accessible pla...
Community Fridges are communal places where surplus food is shared with the local community, by local businesses and individuals. So far they've helped thousands connect to their communities, access nutritious food, save money and reduce waste. They are a tried and tested way of stopping good food ending up in the bin. They’re housed in public, accessible places, making surplus perishable food freely available to members of the public. Surplus food is provided by local businesses or members of the public and is then available for collection by people who need it. They work on an honesty basis.
Over 3 months one community fridge can:
Redistribute 4 tonnes of food waste,
Save householders and community groups over 10,000 Euro worth of food
Provide local employment opportunities.
‘Community Fridges’ otherwise known as ‘Solidarity’ or ‘Honesty’ Fridges, have been successfully introduced in Spain, Germany and the UK. Since 2016, fridges in the UK have been launched by several community groups, including in Frome, Brixton and Swadlincote. Each fridge operates in different ways depending on local circumstances. Demand for Community Fridges has been growing very quickly and Hubbub recently launched The Community Fridge Network to support new Fridges and build a supportive, collaborative network of people to share resources and experiences. The first Community Fridge recently launched in Northern Ireland and we're now hoping to help build a network of Community Fridges across Ireland. Find out exactly what's involved in our 5 Step Guide.
"What's special about community fridges is that they not only stop good food from going in the bin, they also help build better community bonds by welcoming all people that eat, to come and share food. Whether you are sharing your time, skills, a recipe idea or a photo of your meal on social media, our community fridge project benefits everyone by reconnecting people through something we all have in common. Food waste is totally unnecessary and community fridges offer a solution to share unwanted food widely and freely."
MK Community Fridge
How to get involved
The time it takes to manage and set up a fridge varies from community to community but it will need 1-3 days a week to ensure it runs smoothly.
This guide provides an overview of how to set up a Community Fridge. Hubbub UK have put together an amazing resource pack, which you can find in the Resources Section of your local Community Fridge page. All of these materials should be used as guidance and bear in mind that one size doesn't always fit all as there are many ways to run a successful Community Fridge.