Environmental charity, the Hubbub Foundation coordinates the world’s largest Community Fridge Network with over 150 Community Fridges running across the UK. In partnership with the Co-op, the Foundation has announced a further round of the Community Fridge Fund.
A Community Fridge is a space where everyone can share surplus food, including donations from local food businesses, producers, households and gardens.
The Community Fridge Network offers free guidance to groups wanting to set up their own community fridge, and provides comprehensive support, design assets, peer support, health and safety templates as well as discounted fridges and freezers.
Once set up, groups will be part of the 250-member strong Community Fridge Network (scroll down to the map, halfway down the page) which helps redistribute surplus food from businesses and households within the community, saving it from going to waste and bringing people together. Anyone and everyone can share and gift from a Community Fridge.
Grants of up to £4,000 are available to non-profit organisations across the UK to establish a new Community Fridge to minimise food waste. 50 awards are available in each round.
Grants can be used for:
o Community Fridge volunteer expenses.
o Insurance for the Community Fridge.
o Print display materials.
o Purchasing fridge/freezer(s).
o Relevant training (food hygiene, safeguarding).
o Staffing costs for the Community Fridge, and/or
o Utilities relating to the Community Fridge (water, electricity).
Further information, guidance and an online application form is available on the Hubbub Foundation website.
The deadline for applications is Tuesday 1 February 2022.
Contact details for the Fund are:
The Community Fridge Fund
Tel: 020 3701 7543