Powered by a crowdfunding campaign, London’s first community fridge launched this week in Brixton, south London. The People’s Fridge is a public fridge in which local residents and businesses can leave spare, edible food for those who need it. The People’s Fridge is run by a group of volunteers who want to cut food waste, encourage the sharing of food and help tackle food poverty.
Food waste is thought to cost the UK about £17bn each year with restaurants alone throwing away an estimated 900,000 tonnes of food annually. Households in the UK bin an average of 24 edible meals a month. Meanwhile, some 8.4 million people in the UK – roughly the same as the population of London – live in food insecurity.
Open to anyone, The People’s Fridge offers a secure, managed place for retailers, restaurants and individuals to share fresh food with those who need it. Anyone ca donate food or take it out and those behind the project say its presence is also a visual reminder of the importance of reducing food waste. A launch event for the project took place in Brixton.