The People’s Fridge: A community fridge to share food and cut food waste

Brixton residents are the proud new owner of The People’s Fridge, London’s first ever community fridge.

The community fridge, located at Pop Brixton in south London, was set up by a group of local volunteers who want to help cut food waste and encourage food sharing.

Local restaurants, retailers and residents donate food to The People’s Fridge allowing for surplus food to reach neighbours who need or simply want it.

The People’s Fridge was part of a crowdfunding campaign, which passed its £1,000 target in just three days and went on to raise a total of £2,270.

Community fridges can already be found in countries including Spain, Germany and India. In the UK, there are also schemes in Somerset and Derbyshire.

The People’s Fridge is now run by a group of volunteers and food activists based at Impact Hub Brixton, with the help of local traders who help to stock and clean it each day.

There are a few rules for the fridge. It does not accept raw meat, raw fish or opened milk, and only registered food traders can donate produce that is prepared or cooked. Other residents can only leave food that is still in packaging, or fresh entirely uneaten produce.

The People’s Fridge

Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer specialising in sustainable life & style, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com

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