Community Fridge Network launches

20 July 2017

A Community Fridge is an open access fridge stocked with surplus food from local businesses and individuals that is freely available to all members of the community on an honesty basis. They have great potential to reduce food waste, strengthen communities and provide access to nourishing food to many.

The Hubbub Community Fridge Network will provide free advice to Community Fridge organisers and act as a hub to enable disparate communities to share experiences. We have also created a How To guide and a graphics and resources pack to make setting up a fridge as smooth as possible for communities. We are also building a network of willing donors alongside and will be hosting events to bring fridge coordinators together. The network is open to any community group, local authority or institution.

The community fridge concept has been successfully trialled in Spain and Germany and these projects formed the basis of a pilot in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, last year, and Camberwell, South London this April, with core funding provided by Sainsbury’s.

Since the Swadlincote pilot, Hubbub has been inundated with enquiries from people wanting to set up a Community Fridge and a big concern for many has been how they deal with things like food hygiene and other legal requirements. The Community Fridge Network aims to respond to this need.

Find out more


Leon Ballin
Sustainable Food Cities
07 917 230 121

Sustainable Food Cities is a partnership programme run by

Soil Association

Food Matters

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Sustainable Food Cities is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

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