The ongoing community Fridge Project has received some much needed funds!
On 6th June 2021, Mike Kennedy from Loxfield Masonic Lodge, based in Uckfield, was pleased to meet with Lorraine Kirkwood and Amy Fieldhouse from the Uckfield Foodbank and Uckfield Community Fridge to present a cheque to assist with setup costs of the new Community Fridge project. They met at the area, adjacent to The Source/Hub in Luxford carpark, where a converted shipping container will be sited to house “the fridge”.
Mike Kennedy said “Loxfield Lodge have been regularly supporting the Uckfield Foodbank in recent years with donations of food as well as financial support and are pleased to also support the Uckfield Community Fridge,” Kennedy also stated “the fridge promises to perfectly compliment the work of the foodbank and as such we (Loxfield) intend to provide further support as it is required.” Kennedy further stated “we are privileged to have special people in the community such as Lorraine and Amy who dedicate their time to these initiatives which truly benefit others.”
Lorraine Kirkwood and Amy Fieldhouse both expressed their gratitude for the support they and other community projects continue to receive from Loxfield Lodge and other lodges in the Province of Sussex and are looking forward to providing this most valuable new resource.
The Uckfield Community Fridge is part of a National Network coordinated by the environmental charity “Hubbub foundation” (www.hubbub.org.uk) who have helped establish over 100 community fridges since 2016. Their target is to have more than 200 by the end of 2021. Community Fridges were started to reduce food waste and empower communities. As they are open to all, not means tested, do not require a voucher but do make use of food that would otherwise be thrown away, they contribute to green initiative goals and reduce waste.
They bring people together, address social isolation and provide easy access to healthy food that would otherwise go to waste. Unlike the Foodbank which ultimately aims to not be needed (however distant that aim may be), community fridges will continue to work with local companies and individuals to reduce waste of food. Supermarkets will always have items at the ‘best before’ date and individuals can share their excess produce from gardens and allotments.
Annually the Community Fridge Network redistributes 3,145 tonnes of surplus food (7,489,762 meals) and welcomes over 185,000 visitors.