"The Community Fridge is stocked on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and it’s generally empty by Friday. We get deliveries of anything from sandwiches and cookies to milk, cheese and fresh fruit & veg. It all comes from reputable suppliers who can provide a traceability record, so we know where the food has come from. Anything without a wrapper generally comes with a product information sheet from the supplier, so we know exactly what’s in it.
"Around 25 people use the fridge on a weekly basis, many of them residents on the estate. It’s promoted to individuals who can’t afford food, via places like the food banks or the job centre. But at the end of the day, it’s about using up food that would otherwise have been wasted. I don’t get a list of guaranteed food items – it’s kind of ‘get what you’re given’ – but actually people prefer that because it gives them a bit of variety.
"We’re also utilising our community garden, which is run by Brighton & Hove Organic Gardening Group here at the centre. We’ve been growing apples, pears, tomatoes, beans, courgettes, corn… It means we can go from planting the seeds right through to picking the fruit and vegetables to go back into the fridge, so it becomes much more than just a fridge."
As told by Sean Sheppard
Community Fridge is at Phoenix Community Centre.