A simple way of sharing good food that would otherwise go to waste. 

The average UK family wastes £810 a year by throwing away food and drink, and £3 billion is wasted by food sectors. Despite growing awareness of food waste, there are few easy ways for people or businesses to get food near its 'sell by' date to others.

In 2016 we launched a Community Fridge in Derbyshire to redistribute good food to the community. Since then, Community Fridges have popped up across the UK helping thousands connect to their communities, access nutritious food, save money and reduce waste. To connect the projects and exchange support, Hubbub set up the free Community Fridge Network in 2017.

There are now more than 80 Community Fridges open across the UK and we aim to see 100 open Community Fridges in 2020. Follow the campaign on social media with #CommunityFridge.

Find a Community Fridge

Use the map below to find your nearest Community Fridge and get in touch directly with the organisers to get involved. A few ways you can support your Community Fridge are:

  • Spread the word with #CommunityFridge.
  • Share surplus food that you’re not going to use - your local contact will give you details on what can be shared.
  • Volunteer your time to support your local Community Fridge.

This map is ever changing. We keep it up to date as often as we can but please contact the local organisers for further specific information.

 

The difference made

With up to a tonne of food being shared each month, the collective impact of the Community Fridge Network has seen over 780,000kg of surplus food redistributed within communities instead of going to waste. Each month, the number of unique visitors to the fridges has been increasing, reaching almost 12,000! 

The community fridges bring people together, increasing trust in their communities and providing the individuals that use them with valuable support and meaningful experiences. A quote from one of the fridge organisers shows this beautifully; 

"We had a lady who took a pack of blueberries from the fridge. She had never eaten them in her life and was hesitant to try them. The next day she posted on our Facebook page to say she loved them. She got her grand daughter to try them too and was so grateful for our fridge as it gave her the chance to try something new." 

Retailers redistributing their surplus food across the network include Riverford Organic, Spar, Sainsbury's, Morrison's, Waitrose, The Coop, Nandos, Costa, Marks and Spencers, and further local businesses.

Read about our impact

    Read and download the full impact report for 2019 and latest press release here.

    Set up a Community Fridge

    Want to see a Community Fridge in your local area? We've created a 'How To Guide' and template materials to take you through the stages for setting up a Community Fridge. We've also created the free Community Fridge Network to connect all of the Community Fridge projects across the UK and IE, so you can exchange advice and support.

    If you'd like a copy of the 'How To' guide or more information on joining the network, drop us an e-mail at [email protected]

    You can also join the open Community Fridge Facebook group here.

    Thanks to The Big Lottery for support to grow the Community Fridge Network, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for support in making The Community Fridge Film, and thanks to Bosch, Morrison's Foundation, Rotschild Foundation, Climate Challenge Fund, Samsung, North London Waste Authority, Liebherr and Sainsbury’s for their ongoing support.