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 NOW 

OPEN

Wednesdays

16.30 - 18.30

Thursdays

13.30 - 15.30

Sustainable Merton has opened Merton’s Community Fridge, located at Morden Baptist Church, to support people impacted by COVID-19 who may need help with getting fresh healthy food.

Do you need help with food?

If you would like to receive a free food parcel for yourself or someone else and want to help Sustainable Merton reduce food waste, please visit us on WEDNESDAYS (16.30 - 18.30) and THURSDAYS (13.30 - 15.30) when food parcels will be handed out by your local Fridge Friends.

Morden Baptist Church, Crown Lane, Morden SM4 5BL (view on map)

Come to the car park at the back of Morden Baptist Church (entrance on Grasmere Avenue)

To request help with getting food from the Fridge, please complete our short form* (link below) and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

For more information about Merton's Community Fridge, please contact us at:

communityfridge@sustainablemerton.org.

* Personal information shared will be used for purpose of providing you with food from Merton's Community Fridge

For any other additional support, please contact the Merton Covid-19 Community Response Hub on 020 8685 2272 or email help@mvsc.co.uk.

What is a Community Fridge?

Each year in the UK we throw away nearly 15 million tonnes of food and drink. Nearly half of this is perfectly good to consume!
 

Merton’s Community Fridge is a long-term initiative to tackle food poverty and reduce food waste in the borough. It's essentially a big fridge where fresh surplus food is donated and redistributed to the community. Our Community Fridge is the first in Merton, but we have some ‘cool’ neighbours in Brixton (the first community fridge in London) and Camberwell.

During this time of food crisis, Merton's Community Fridge is directly aiding those living in isolation and/or food poverty, made possible by the support of local volunteers and key partners, including Morden Baptist Church. We receive food from FareSharethe UK’s longest running food redistribution charity, local supermarkets and food growers, and from residents too. It's all about giving and sharing!

How can you support Merton's Community Fridge?

DONATE FOOD: 

 

We need help from local businesses, residents and food growing initiatives to ensure that the Fridge is well stocked with good quality surplus food so that we can provide parcels to everyone who visits.

If you or your businesses would like to donate food to Merton's Community Fridge we would love to hear from you! If you have a business interested in donating surplus food but are unable to drop it off, please get in touch to potentially arrange a collection.

 

What do we need most? Vegetables, fruit, bakery items, meat, dairy

Thank you to our generous food donors...

VOLUNTEER:

 

If you are interested in volunteering at our Community Fridge, or picking up food donations from businesses (using your personal vehicle) please sign up today!

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Sustainable Merton has teamed up with Commonside Community Development Trust, Polish Family Association and Wimbledon Guild to form Merton’s Community Fridge Network. Together, we have created a network of community fridges where fresh surplus food is donated and redistributed to the community, helping people and the planet.

 

Our community fridges are inclusive, social food hubs providing workshops, food demonstrations and information on nutritious food for all cultures so that everyone can access good food, save money and reduce waste.

This partnership builds on the fantastic work that has already been done to address the Covid-19 food crisis. From April to August 2020, surplus food was supplied free of charge by the London Food Alliance and Fareshare and delivered to a central food distribution hub, established by Merton Council and Merton College. Since that time, the distribution of food coming into the borough from Fareshare is now being managed by Merton Community Transport.

Find your nearest Community Fridge

Commonside Community Development Trust - POLLARDS HILL
e: info@commonside.net

w: commonside.net

 

Merton's Community Fridge - MORDEN

e: communityfridge@sustainablemerton.org

w: sustainablemerton.org/community-fridge

 

Polish Family Association COLLIERS WOOD

e: slawek.szczepanski@polishfamily.org.uk

w: polishfamily.org.uk/

 

Wimbledon Guild WIMBLEDON
e: Welfare@wimbledonguild.co.uk

w: wimbledonguild.co.uk

Why do we need community fridges?

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, food poverty in Merton was already on the rise. Between 2015-2017, the number of residents accessing local food banks increased by 33%. The pandemic has escalated the food crisis and created a situation where many more people in Merton are struggling to buy or access food. At the same time, a huge amount of good food continues to go to waste, which is a big problem for communities and the planet.

We know that many businesses and residents would donate good quality but unwanted fresh food if they had the opportunity. Merton's Community Fridge Network provides this essential link, ensuring that surplus food is kept out of the bin and given to those who will make good use of it.

How does it work with other food initiatives?

Merton's Community Fridge Network complements the work of existing food banks in the borough, benefiting those most in need but also extending the offering to the wider community. It is a desired outcome of the work led by Sustainable Merton on Merton’s Food Poverty Action Plan which seeks to achieve a strong, coordinated and strategic partnership approach to tackle people’s inability to afford, or have access to, quality food for a healthy diet.

Merton's Community Fridge Network is generously supported by

Merton's Community Fridge is generously supported by

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FURTHER SUPPORT IN MERTON

  • COMMONSIDE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TRUST

    As part of Merton's Community Fridge Network, Commonside Community Development Trust receives surplus food for redistribution. The food is used at the New Horizon Centre to provide ingredients to provide a cooked meals service for isolated older people in CR4 1, food for previously street-sleeping homeless people in temporary accommodation, to supplement Foodbank supplies at the distanced foodbank sessions at the Centre on Wednesday and Friday mornings, and to provide emergency supplies to local residents in need.

     
    Over time Commonside Community Development Trust will be looking also at providing an alternative to the popular children’s cooking after school sessions using surplus food and encouraging more healthy eating.  


    commonside.net

    t: 020 8764 9582

    e: info@commonside.net

  • DONS LOCAL ACTION GROUP

    The Dons Local Action Group delivers one-week food packs to households in the vulnerable category and provides bulk food support to numerous organisations. The group is also helping to keep children connected by providing laptops and hardware via schools. 
     

    donslocalaction.org

    t: 020 3301 4511 

    DLA@afcwimbledonfoundation.org.uk 

  • FRIENDS IN

    ST. HELIER

    Friends in St. Helier is preparing and delivering cooked meals to vulnerable people in the SM4 postcode area.


    friendsinsthelier.co.uk

    e: fish.morden@googlemail.com 

  • POLISH FAMILY ASSOCIATION

    Polish Family Association has opened its Community Fridge to Polish and Eastern European communities every Thursday between 1pm and 2pm at the Colliers Wood Community Centre, as well as distributing fresh food boxes every Wednesday from 9am to 2pm provided by the Dons. They also offer delivery service to vulnerable members across the borough and help with accessing government and mainstream services to improve their circumstances and to prevent escalation.  
     

    polishfamily.org.uk

    t: 07917401064    
    e: slawek.szczepanski@polishfamily.org.uk

  • WIMBLEDON FOODBANK

    Wimbledon Foodbank, located at Elim Pentecostal Church, with satellites in Mitcham, Morden and Pollards Hill, provides emergency food and support to local people referred to them in crisis. The Foodbank has seen numbers of visitors double during the Covid-19 pandemic. Most of the families reaching out for help have never needed their support before. 

    You can find a list of food collection points and opening times HERE.

    wimbledon.foodbank.org.uk

    e: wimbledonfoodbank@gmail.com

  • WIMBLEDON GUILD

    Wimbledon Guild is providing grants in the form of supermarket vouchers to people in Merton who have been impacted by the Coronavirus. In order to be eligible, you will need to be: 

    • A resident of Merton

    • Able to provide details of your current financial situation and need 

     

    As part of its ongoing support for clients who have received a supermarket voucher, Wimbledon Guild is working in partnership with Merton's Community Fridge Network to offer food parcels to people in the SW19 postcodes (to avoid crossing over with partners across the borough to make sure there is a fair spread of the food) and will look to expand its services as required.


    Wimbledon Guild will also offer emergency cash payments to people in need. 
     

    wimbledonguild.co.uk

    e: Welfare@wimbledonguild.co.uk

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