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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?

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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.

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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...

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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!

Sign up to our mailing list to be the first to receive updates about Merton's Community Fridge, and stay connected with Sustainable Merton.

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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

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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.

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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

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Merton's Community Fridge is generously supported by

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FURTHER SUPPORT IN MERTON

Share this page with friends and family and help us lead the way to fight food waste and reduce food poverty in our communities.

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