16.30 - 17.30
16.30 - 17.30
13.30 - 14.30
Sustainable Merton is proud to bring to you Merton’s Community Fridge, which aims to redistribute to the Merton community surplus food from local businesses and food growers, ultimately stopping tonnes of good quality food from going to waste.
Find us at Morden Baptist Church SM4 5BL - view on Google Maps
Please come to the car park at the back of the church (entrance on Grasmere Avenue)
Do you need help with food?
All food is FREE and everyone is welcome to visit Sustainable Merton's Community Fridge to help us reduce food waste. If times are particularly challenging for you, which they are for many, you may wish to get in touch with us before your first visit.
To request help with getting food from Merton's Community Fridge, please complete our short form* (link below) and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.
For further information about Merton's Community Fridge, please contact us at:
* Personal information shared will be used for purpose of providing you with food from Merton's Community Fridge
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What is a Community Fridge?
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 FareShare - the UK’s longest running food redistribution charity, local supermarkets and food growers, and from residents too. It's all about giving and sharing!
February 2022 - March 2023
How can you support Merton's Community Fridge?
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...
Ashraf Halal Meat & Grocery limited
Cavan Bakery - Wimbledon Park
Colliers Wood High Street
Colliers Wood Station
Greggs - Morden
KFC - Morden
Lidl - Morden
Martin Way, Morden
South Wimbledon Station
Worple Road, Raynes Park
Tesco Express - Wimbledon Chase
Waitrose - Raynes Park
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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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, and the wider 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.
Thank you to our current grant funders
Thank you to our corporate donors
Thank you to our past grant funders
City Bridge Trust