A community fridge could be on its way to Uckfield.
Volunteers are working on the project which would see “good food” redistributed to the community to avoid unnecessary waste.
Communal community fridges are becoming established across the country with ones already in operation at Forest Row and Brighton.
Food is available at no charge.
Be ‘fair’ with what you take
People can visit a community fridge as often as they like but are asked to be considerate of the needs of others and only take what is fair.
Community fridges seek to limit the amount of food which goes to waste.
Uckfield Town Council is considering supporting a local scheme but councillors want to learn more and be satisfied any operation will meet food hygiene standards.
Councillors intend to visit community fridges to see how they work and ensure there is no threat to public health.
The community fridge would not, however, be a town council scheme.
Community fridge Q and A
Q: How does a community fridge work?
A: Much of the food donated comes from commercial operations, although members of the public can contribute, such as allotment holders who sometimes have a glut of vegetables.
The primary aim is to reduce food waste and bring the community together by sharing surplus food with one another.
Many local businesses that sell food and beverages often have left-over stock that will not be sold and the scheme can ensure it is re-distributed, rather than go to waste.
Q: What sort of food is taken by a community fridge?
A: The Brighton and Hove Food Partnership Community Fridge says:
- Sealed packaged foods
- Cooked food as long as it comes from a registered food business
- Fresh fruit
- Fresh vegetables
- Table sauces
- Unopened milk and yoghurt
- Unopened fruit juices
- Eggs (with dates)
Q: What won’t they take?
A: The Brighton and Hove Food Partnership Community Fridge says on its website:
- Cooked food from your home or unregistered sources
- Cooked food that doesn’t have a use-by date
- Cooked rice
- Bean sprouts
- Food made from unpasteurised milk
Q: How is a community fridge different to a foodbank?
A: Foodbanks give people short-term help to overcome a crisis. A voucher system is in place to ensure the parcels go only to people in need. Foodbanks only supply ‘dry’ goods. The fridges are for everyone.
Q: How is food safety dealt with?
A: Community fridges in other parts of the country are run and monitored in line with advice from the Food Standards Agency and local council environmental health officers.
Q: Who runs the community fridge?
A: They are run by volunteers. The idea of the locality of the fridge is that it should not need minding 24/7. The space ideally would be somewhere close to other businesses so that someone is able to pop by and check everything is in order.
Volunteers would be on a rota system to take up the cleaning and general household tasks of the fridge including rotating stock and picking up produce from local stores.
Q Who is behind the Uckfield scheme?
A: Amy Fieldhouse. You cant contact the campaign by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q and A compiled from report to Uckfield Town Council and online sources.