Reducing food waste and empowering communities
A Community Fridge is a social space that brings people together to eat, connect, learn new skills and reduce food waste. It can be accessed by anyone and everyone who wants to share food, volunteer or get involved with other food, environment or related activities the group have to offer.
Use our UK fridge map below to find your nearest community fridge and here are a few ways you can get involved:
- Spread the word with the hashtag #CommunityFridge.
- Share surplus food that you’re not going to use, perhaps you’re a gardener, you're going on holiday or you're just about to move house.
- Take food from the fridge to save you buying new and help reduce food waste.
- Volunteer your time to support your local Community Fridge – you can help collect surplus food from shops, come up with plans for fundraising, promote the initiative locally or develop their activities!
Each year the Community Fridge Network redistributes the equivalent of over 17.1 million meals* (over 7,200 tonnes of food surplus) to over 460,000 visitors.
With each fridge sharing an average of 2.4 tonnes of food per month, the collective impact of the Community Fridge Network is huge. What’s more important though, are the stories that we hear from communities. The fridges bring people together, address social isolation and provide people with the opportunity to access healthy food, try something new and save money.
In a nutshell, a fridge is often so much more than a fridge. As well as introducing you to new people and foods, Community Fridges host all kinds of activities such as cooking workshops, food growing, clothes swaps... you name it.