A local charity has launched Sheringham’s first community fridge in an effort to tackle both food waste and food poverty.
The fridge, which is at the Yesu Centre, on High Street, will enable residents and businesses to share surplus food, and for anyone to help themselves to quality food that would otherwise be wasted.
Fridge co-ordinator Sadie Houghton said: “We’re really excited to be able to do our bit to tackle these important issues with our community fridge, freezer, and shelves for unwanted dry goods.”
Food waste is a big issue in the UK. The average household throws away food worth around £700 every year while four million people are struggling to buy food.
Most food waste in the UK is avoidable and could have been eaten had it been better managed.
Yesu is asking food businesses in Sheringham and surrounding areas to donate surplus food from April 12 onwards.
Once covid-19 restrictions have been lifted, allotment holders and households will also be able to donate to the project.
The fridge will launch on Monday, April 12, with an outdoor ribbon cutting by mayor Madeleine Ashcroft. It will then be open to the public from Tuesday to Friday each week between 10.30am and 3.30pm.
To find out more about the Yesu Community Fridge, to donate or to volunteer, visit www.yesu.co.uk. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07752 275086.