We are on a mission to alleviate food poverty and reduce food waste in Merton
What is a Community Fridge?
It’s probably stating the obvious - a community fridge is just a big fridge, to be located in an accessible, friendly space where individuals and businesses can donate fresh edible food and members of the community can take what they want or need.
It’s all about sharing and giving :-) Our fridge will be the first in Merton, however we have some ‘cool’ neighbours in Brixton (the first community fridge in London) and Camberwell.
Why does Merton need a Community Fridge?
The need for food assistance in Merton is rising. Between 2015-17, the number of residents accessing local food banks increased by 33%. At the same time, huge amounts of good food is going to waste, filling up overflowing landfill sites and producing greenhouse gases.
We know that many businesses and residents would donate fresh food if they had the opportunity and a Community Fridge in Merton will provide this essential link that does not exist in the borough at present.
Who’s backing us?
The project works with the community for the community so we hope that EVERYONE will back this project including residents, food activists, local food retailers, supermarkets and restaurants.
How does it work with other food initiatives?
The Community Fridge will complement existing food banks, 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.
How will it work?
Sustainable Merton, our fridge coordinator and team of friendly fridge fanatics (aka our volunteers) will make sure that the food in the fridge is safe to eat and within date. We’ll keep it clean and safe for all to use.
What’s our Vision?
The fridge is just the start, we hope that by giving and sharing we will develop a food hub where people from across the borough can meet to not only share and exchange food, but to learn more about food through workshops and other initiatives.
Help us to make it happen
We need to raise £10,000!
With your support, we can make a real difference to the lives of local people and protect our environment by keeping good food out of the bin and into the hands of those who need it most.
Every kind donation will contribute to the set up, running, maintenance and management of Merton's first Community Fridge.
Here's how your combined contributions will help
Co-ordination and organisation of set up
Costs of Fridge, insurance and inspections
Contribution to volunteer coordination of the people running Merton's Community Fridge
What is the Big Give Christmas Challenge?
The Big Give Christmas Challenge is the U.K.’s largest match funding campaign.
What does this mean for you?
Through the Big Give Christmas Challenge, the first £2000 in donations made via theBigGive.org.uk to the Community Fridge project from 12pm on 3rd December to 12pm on 10th December will be doubled!
One donation, twice the impact.
How do I donate during the Big Give Christmas Challenge?
If you intend to donate during the week of the Big Give Christmas Challenge Campaign, please email us and we will send you a reminder when the giving week begins!
More ways to get involved
It's time to stop wasting and start giving
Could you be a 'Fridge Fanatic' and volunteer your time to help with the day-to-day running of Merton's Community Fridge so that we can divert good food to those in need?
Are you an individual or business wanting to donate fresh, edible food to the Community Fridge and do your bit to reduce food waste in Merton?
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