Time to freeze out food waste

CHE­SHAM’S COM­MU­NITY FRIDGE IS OPEN FOR EV­ERY­ONE

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PIC­TURES: RUS­SELL VANDENBREKEL THE Che­sham Com­mu­nity Fridge project was of­fi­cially launched on Sun­day Novem­ber 18 with a ser­vice at the Broad­way Bap­tist Church, a talk from town mayor Jane MacBean, and a cer­e­mo­nial cut­ting of the rib­bon.

Run un­der the aus­pices of Kings Church Che­sham, and in con­junc­tion with the Hub­bub Com­mu­nity Fridge Project, the project will run in­def­i­nitely, with food dona­tions from lo­cal busi­nesses and res­i­dents.

Un­usu­ally, it is not re­stricted to those in need. Open to ev­ery­one, the fridge is a non-profit char­ity project that aims to re­dis­tribute sur­plus good food to the gen­eral com­mu­nity that would oth­er­wise go to waste.

The idea is to re­lieve ris­ing pres­sures on house­hold food bud­gets; to pro­vide a com­mu­nity area that fos­ters shar­ing and col­lab­o­ra­tion; to re­duce lo­cal busi­ness food waste; and raise lo­cal aware­ness about the on­go­ing is­sue of wast­ing food.

Vis­i­tors are en­cour­aged to freely take as much as they need as all food would oth­er­wise go to waste.

Sim­i­larly, the project en­cour­ages any food dona­tions that com­ply with its ac­cep­tance rules.

Si­t­u­ated off the Broad­way next to the Bap­tist church, the Com­mu­nity Fridge will open ev­ery Wed­nes­day and Sat­ur­day from 10am-noon.

Pauline Kirkham, who started and runs the project, said: “Across the coun­try thou­sands of ki­los of good food have al­ready been re­dis­tributed and put to good use through Hub­bub’s Com­mu­nity Fridge Net­work. Now, through our fridge, we too can have a pos­i­tive im­pact on Che­sham’s food wastage and in do­ing so help fos­ter even more of a com­mu­nity spirit in our town.

“The fridge is open for ev­ery­one, well-off or not. It’s all about waste re­duc­tion. We are also ex­tremely grate­ful to all our sup­port­ers, donors and vol­un­teers, who have made this a re­al­ity.”

Che­sham town mayor Cllr Jane MacBean added: “Food waste is a huge is­sue and we all need to shop smarter and work harder to re­duce the amount of food we dis­pose of.

“Yet again, the res­i­dents of Che­sham have seen an op­por­tu­nity to cut down on un­nec­es­sary waste, help the en­vi­ron­ment, sup­port their fel­low res­i­dents and cre­ate an­other su­perb lo­cal vol­un­tary project.

“I am in­cred­i­bly proud of the Com­mu­nity Fridge, and of our town.”

Among the key sup­port­ers are: Hub­bub, Kings Church Che­sham, Che­sham Broad­way Bap­tist Church, Sains­bury’s, Waitrose, the Felix Project, Food Bank, Che­sham Town Coun­cil, Screw­fix, Gul­letts, Sum­mer­ling Car­pets, Tim Min­shull The Singing Floor­fit­ter, Wickes, FareShare and Tesco.

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