The Hubbub Community Fridge Network has been provided with funding from the Co-op to help expand its network to double its current size and both are calling on communities to apply for grants for the first 100 fridges, by February 1 .
Community Fridges are social spaces where anyone can share surplus food, reducing food waste and allowing communities to help each other through activities such as cookery sessions and workshops on how to grow fruit and veg.
The network was set up by environmental charity Hubbub in 2017 and there are now 250 fridges across the UK, welcoming 460,000 visitors per year. Each Community Fridge redistributed an average of 2.4 tonnes of food per month in 2020 .
Angus is one of the areas yet to benefit from the scheme and successful applicants will receive £4000 funding and free support to set up the fridge along with membership to Hubbub’s Community Fridge Network.
Liam Sweeney, creative partner at Hubbub, said: “With our network of fridges already supporting so many people across the UK, we want to make sure that all regions have access to what is becoming an invaluable asset in communities.”
For more information on the network, advice for those interested in setting up a community fridge and more information on applying for funding visit: www.hubbub.org.uk/the-community-fridge.
Ed Powell, mission manager at Co-op, said: “It has been thrilling to support the rapid growth of the Community Fridge Network across the UK and to see the positive impact that the redistribution of fresh, healthy food can have.
"The existing Community Fridges are run by a wide range of groups - from schools and universities to community centres and faith groups.
"We’d like to see applications for the current round of funding come from a broad range of groups, especially fro groups who might not normally consider running a food project, to bring this brilliant concept to even more communities across the UK.”