North Dorset Liberal Democrats decided to do something about food waste and food poverty by putting in place a plan to set up Community Fridges across North Dorset. Community Fridges collect food that has reached its best by date and makes it available at no charge to all, there is no means test to access the fridge. If you want to find out more about Community Fridges and other initiatives to reduce food waste, visit www.hubbub.org.uk.
The first fridge opened at The Emporium in Sturminster Newton on 16th December 2020. The food is provided by Tesco in Blandford through the FareShare GO project. A big thank you must also go to local businesses who support the fridge. Initially, the fridge is being replenished on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, more days will be added as the project builds up.
Fiona Leacock, Kaylee Herbert and Ros Eveleigh are leading the project and are building up a team of volunteers to replenish and check the fridge. The Fridge is a registered food business and the team have Food Hygiene Level 2 certificates. Plans are now underway to find venues in other North Dorset towns to host a fridge.
If you would like to help with the fridge in Sturminster Newton or would like to set one up in your town, email Fiona Leacock via [email protected].
It costs over £250 a year to provide public indemnity insurance as well the cost of purchasing the fridge, cleaning materials etc. If you would like to support the cost of running the fridge, you can donate at through JustGiving.