Stalham Baptists set up new community fridge
Stalham has a new Community Fridge, joining several other towns and villages in the county which have joined in with this initiative. Tony Rothe reports.
The fridge is one of a growing number opening up across the UK. The concept first arrived in the UK in 2016 and there are now well over 50 across the country. The idea is to cut food waste by making unwanted or surplus food available to those who can use it.
The Stalham fridge, which has been set up and is hosted by Stalham Baptist Church, opened on Saturday, July 10, when several locals and visitors came along to find out more about the scheme. They heard how community fridges serve to recycle food that would otherwise go to landfill back into the community, thus reducing food waste and helping to reduce climate change.
The organisers are approaching all local businesses that produce or sell food, be it perishable or non-perishable, to help the Fridge grow and remain popular, and are looking to get as many food donators onboard as possible, for example, those with allotments who have surplus fresh fruit and veg, or even just households who find they have surplus food.
The fridge, located at the Baptist church, will be open from 2pm to 4pm on Mondays, 10am to 12 noon from Tuesday to Friday each week. It will be closed at weekends. Anyone in the community is welcome to collect food, and those coming are encouraged to bring their own “bags for life”.
Organiser Jane Skivington, pictured on the right, above, said “The launch went really well. Sadie Houghton at the Sheringham fridge has been really helpful in advising us.”
The Stalham scheme has the backing of North Norfolk District Council and environmental group Hubbub UK.
For more information, visit the Stalham Community Fridge Facebook page.
Also visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com .
The images above are courtesy of David Child.
See our previous story on Community Fridges here.
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