We're so excited to announce that Shrewsbury’s first community fridge! We've teamed up with the wonderful Riversway Elim Church to get chilled surplus food like sandwiches, salads and yogurts into good use. A big thank you to Shrewsbury's Mayor Councillor Peter Nutting who officially opened the fridge on Wednesday this week, as featured in the Shropshire Star.
We need more volunteers to collect food for the new fridge on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings - please contact us through the site for more information here.
There is a lot of chilled food which ends up in the bin at stores and restaurants, so we've been developing procedures for making sure that we can handle this type of food safely. We’ve done a pilot with Midcounties Co-op to collect frozen food and get our food safety right. We're grateful for support from The Community Fridge Network, Leibherr, Pret a Manger and Greggs for helping get the fridge set up and to our first volunteers for collecting and sorting the food.
As Katy , manager of the Food Hub explains , “Moving into chilled food is a bit of an experiment, as we’re not sure how much is out there, but we’re hoping that we’ll be able to provide a steady supply of high-value chilled foods like meat, fish, milk and cheese for community group and #foodshare community fridges and freezers over the coming year.”
Sue Briggs from Riversway said “We’re really excited to host Shrewsbury’s first community fridge, with delicious food supplied by Pret a Manger and Greggs. We already run a #foodshare table every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday where people can come and help themselves to surplus food. The community fridge makes new types of food available like sandwiches, salads and yogurts. Everyone's loving it!