Food waste is a big issue in the UK. The average household throws away £470 worth of food every year. And at the same time 4 million people in the UK are living in food poverty.

The Community Fridge is a simple response. You can drop off good but unwanted food, and anyone can help themselves to what is on the shelf.

The fridge is for retail businesses, restaurants and individual people to share perfectly good food that is edible and would otherwise go to waste. The operators of this Fridge (Edventure Frome CIC) will make sure that the fridge is a safe environment for food sharing.

Edventure Frome CIC cannot take responsibility for the condition of the contents of this fridge. Everyone who puts food into this fridge is responsible for the safety of this food and will follow the guidelines provided. By taking food from the community fridge you commit to making your own judgement as to whether or not the contents you take are suitable for your own use.

SET UP A COMMUNITY FRIDGE IN YOUR TOWN, HUB OR CENTRE

We have invested quite a lot of time on figuring out how a community fridge could work in the UK. We are sharing our resources to save others the time and enable us to raise funds to continue our work. To preview the resource pack welcome document click here. To access the download links for the documents, please fill in & submit the form below – the information will be sent to you by email. We are asking for a donation via our Just Giving page (you can choose the amount, we suggest a minimum of £25 for community groups and £50 for social enterprises or local authorities) so if you fill in the form below to receive the resource pack please do make a donation.

OUR COMMUNITY FRIDGE RESOURCE PACK INCLUDES:

  • Frequently Asked Questions to explain how the community fridge works in Frome
  • Logo & other branding elements to be modified for your local context. The logo also comes in different colour schemes.
  • Food Hygiene processes to explain how we run the fridge guided by the Food Standards Agency.
  • Flyers & press-releases to help you launch the fridge.
  • Disclaimers and notices on Google Docs, so that they can be easily adapted to your context.
  • A risk assessment & brief for your insurance, so that you can run the project by your local environmental health officer and insurer.
  • Volunteer training documents to professionally induct your volunteers or staff who are looking after the fridge.

Please note that this is not a franchise. We are simply sharing our resources and you are fully responsible for making your community fridge legal and safe.

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