A Community Fridge is a simple way of enabling people to share good food that would otherwise go to waste. 

The average UK family wastes £470 a year by throwing away food and drink which could have been consumed. 61% of the food wasted in the UK (4.1 million tonnes) is avoidable and could be eaten if creative ways of sharing it are found.

Since our first trial of Community Fridges in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, the demand has been growing. That’s why we have:

To request a copy of the 'How To' guide or to register your fridge as part of the Community Fridge Network email: [email protected].

Where the idea came from

The Community Fridge was first trialled by Hubbub in Swadlincote, South Derbyshire CVS as part of our work with the Sainsbury’s Waste less, Save more campaign. The fridge gives local residents access to a surplus food shared by local businesses. It connects the community, helps families save money and reduces waste. Watch the video below to hear more from the people involved:



Are you interested in replicating the Community Fridge in your area? Get in touch at  [email protected] or join the Facebook Group.

Thanks to The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for support in making The Community Fridge Film, and thanks to Bosch, North London Waste Authority and Sainsbury’s for their ongoing support.