Community Fridge Network to double in size

Hubbub’s Community Fridge Network will double in size by the end of 2020 thanks to National Lottery funding. The 50 community fridges already in existence will be joined by a further 50 sites over the next 22 months.

The Community Fridge Network and fridges within the Network have been funded by backers including Sainsbury’s, The Rothschild Foundation, Bosch, North London Waste Authority, the Morrison’s Foundation, Samsung and the Climate Challenge Fund.

Launched with the aim of reducing food waste in the UK, community fridges provide a place for local residents and businesses to donate surplus food, which is available for anyone in the community to take – with each Fridge on average saving half a tonne of food per month.

As food waste remains an issue in the UK, with £13bn of edible food thrown away every year and a further £3bn of food wasted by the hospitality and food service sector.

Trewin Restorick, founder and CEO, Hubbub said: “We’re thrilled with how successful community fridges have been and the rapid growth of the Network. The Fridges not only save valuable food, they help bring people together and have become real community hubs. Some people had doubts at the outset as to whether the Community Fridge Network would work, but the Fridges have developed to be positive, social spaces that have proven the doubters wrong. We’d encourage anyone interested in visiting or opening a Fridge to visit our website and we’d love even more businesses to get involved as demand is outstripping supply in some areas.”

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