Time to freeze out food waste
CHESHAM’S COMMUNITY FRIDGE IS OPEN FOR EVERYONE
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.