Reducing food waste and empowering communities 

A Community Fridge is a space where surplus food is shared for free, bringing people together to eat, connect, learn new skills and reduce food waste.  

They are usually stocked by local businesses sharing food that wouldn’t otherwise be sold in time, fresh produce from local gardeners, and food gifted from households.  

Hubbub coordinates the world’s largest Community Fridge Network with over 280 Community Fridges across the UK. Our partnership with Co-op has funded 350 more fridges with the aim of over 500 in total by the end of 2022 – which would save up to a total of 26 million meals from going to waste annually! 

Find a fridge near you

Anyone can visit a Community Fridge to give or take food, volunteer, or get involved with other food, environment and related activities the group have to offer. 

You can scroll around the interactive map below to find your closest community fridge, or click below to view the map in Google Maps where you can do a postcode search to find a fridge near you. 

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Set up a fridge in your community

  1. Send us an email at [email protected] to find out how to get started and receive your how-to guide.
  2. Complete the membership agreement to become a registered 'member' of the network. 
  3. Join the open Community Fridge Facebook group here and connect with other fridges. 
  4. Arrange key details such as a space, food supply and volunteers. 
  5. Launch your fridge!

Get funding and support 

Hubbub supports each fridge with health and safety, design assets and access to discounted fridges and freezers. In terms of funding, Hubbub has partnered with Co-op to offer UK-wide funding for local groups to set up more Community Fridges. We have now closed our latest round of funding, but plan to open another round of funding in Summer 2022. If you'd like to hear about this opportunity when it opens, please click below to show an expression of interest. 

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Share and take food at your local fridge

Each Community Fridge rescues good quality, surplus food, free of charge from local food retailers, producers, growers, restaurants and households. By upholding the highest food hygiene standards and having a strict policy on low-risk food items, groups can provide assurances to both the businesses donating, and visitors of the fridge sharing food. 

We're keen to develop more local connections and partnerships with food growers, manufacturers and retailers to support the network. Sharing quality excess food not only reduces wasted food and disposal costs, but directly supports your local community. If you’re interested, get in touch here, we’d love to discuss how we can work together. 

You can also share surplus food at your local fridge as an individual, e.g. ingredients you’re not going to use in time, things you've grown, if you're going away on holiday or you're just about to move house. There are some rules on what you can and cannot put in the fridge (for health and safety reasons) so make sure to check in advance before you visit. 

Volunteer at a local fridge

You can also volunteer your time to support your local Community Fridge – you can help collect surplus food from shops, come up with plans for fundraising, promote the initiative locally or develop their activities! Use the map above to find your closest fridge and their contact details to get in touch. 

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The difference we're making

In 2021, we estimate the Community Fridge Network redistributed around 3,150 tonnes of surplus food (that's the same as 7.5 million meals!*) and we welcomed over 1 million visits from 250,000 visitors 

With each fridge sharing an average of 1.8 tonnes of food per month, the collective impact of the Community Fridge Network is huge. What’s more important though, are the stories that we hear from communities. The fridges bring people together, address social isolation and provide people with the opportunity to access healthy food, try something new and save money. 

In a nutshell, a fridge is often so much more than a fridge. As well as introducing you to new people and foods, Community Fridges host all kinds of activities such as cooking workshops, food growing, clothes swaps... you name it. 

To find out more check out our 2021 annual report. 

The wonderful partnerships and impact being made by the network has also won awards! Our trophy shelf (or fridge) contains... 

Retailers redistributing surplus food across the network include Co-op, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Waitrose, Costa, Marks & Spencer, Riverford Organic, Spar, and many local businesses. 

Want to find more ways to support your community and the environment?

Check out Community Calling, our smartphone redistribution campaign, or In Our Nature, an exciting community-led campaign across Manchester, to help residents respond to the climate emergency.

We've also got hundreds of other tips and ideas for things we can do every day to live more sustainably, like making food go further and eating more seasonally. 

*WRAP Love Food Hate Waste May 2020
Read the terms & conditions of the Community Fridge Network here.