Sheringham church launches community fridge
North Norfolk charity Yesu is launching Sheringham’s first Community Fridge in a growing effort to tackle food waste and fight food poverty in the local area.
The fridge, located at the Yesu Centre, 15 High St, Sheringham, will be open Tuesday to Friday to enable residents and businesses to share surplus food, and for anyone to help themselves to quality food that would otherwise be wasted.
Yesu, which is run by the town’s Life Church, is calling on local food businesses in Sheringham and surrounding areas to donate surplus food from April 12 onwards. Once Covid restrictions have been lifted allotment holders and individuals will also be able to donate to the project.
Food waste is a big issue in the UK. Media reports claim that the average household throws away £700 worth of food every year whilst 4 million people in the UK are living in food poverty. The reports say that much of that food waste is avoidable, and could have been eaten, had it been better managed.
Leon Egmore, Store Manager at Sheringham Tesco, said “Community Fridges are fantastic examples of how food waste can be reduced and used as a resource to share among the community. Community fridges make the most of what we have, and bring people together too. It’s also very encouraging to see our employees take initiative and get involved in supporting their local community in practical ways.”
Sadie Houghton, Yesu’s Community Fridge coordinator, said: “We’re really excited to be able to do our bit to tackle these important issues. Many people have guided and helped us, including Bridget Grimsey and Peter Atthill from Aylsham Community Church, Rachel Sidell at Merchants place in Cromer, and Kate Haselton-Glee at NNDC.”
The fridge will open at 12 noon on Monday April 12 with an outdoor ribbon cutting ceremony by Sheringham’s Mayor Madeleine Ashcroft. It will then be open to the public Tuesdays to Fridays from 10.30am to 3.30pm.
The fridge is one of a growing number opening up across the UK. The concept first arrived in the UK in 2016. Now over 50 projects are running across the country. Amanda Jermy at Norfolk County Council is compiling a network for the different fridge projects in Norfolk.
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The picture, above, of Sadie Houghton at Sheringham Community Fridge is courtesy of Yesu.
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