Church launches first King's Lynn community fridge
The first community fridge opened in King's Lynn on August 29 as a result of a partnership between Cornerstone King's Lynn Baptist Church, Norfolk Waste Partnership and the charity Hubbub.
Food waste is a big issue in the UK with the average household throwing away £470 worth of food every year. Community fridges are a tried and tested way of stopping good food ending up in the bin. Surplus food is provided by local businesses or members of the public and is then available for people to collect as needed.
The South Lynn Community Fridge (SLCF) is part of a growing network of Community Fridges across the UK.
Revd Kev Crane, from Cornerstone King's Lynn Baptist Church who are hosting and running the new project at their premises, said "It is good to see King's Lynn joining the network of community fridges. We have been encouraged by the support given by local businesses, including Morrisons Supermarket, as they seek to manage their food waste by donating food to our project."
Anyone can put items in or take items from the fridge - the idea is that this is a resource for everybody. Initially the SLCF is open when the Cornerstone Cafe is open on Wednesdays and Fridays. 9am to 4pm and Thursdays 12.00 to 4 pm. Volunteers are available to direct people on using the fridge. People can just turn up with items to donate such as sealed packaged food, cheeses, fresh fruit, fresh veg, table sauces, pastry, unopened pasteurised milk and yoghurt, salads, and unopened fruit juices.
Access is on the Saddlebow Road side of the Baptist Church in South Lynn.
Kevan and the team from the church are looking forward to the opening of the community fridge this month and thank Cllr Alexandra Kemp for helping with funding.
Pictured: Kevan Crane, Cllr Alexandra Kemp, Maxine Hallett, who brought a donation for the fridge and volunteer Lisa Calvert with her daughter