Northampton’s first-ever community fridge opens to tackle food waste

Northampton’s first-ever ‘community fridge’ has been opened in a growing effort to curb the taste of food.

The Community Fridge opened on January 11 at the Abbey Center in East Hunsbury and will now be open three days a week to allow residents and businesses to donate or take surplus food that would otherwise go to waste.

Project coordinator Loz Ferrin said, “This is a really worthwhile project to have in the local community and help tackle food waste, while supporting others.”

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The community fridge at the Abbey Center in East Hunsbury.

Abbey Center Community Fridge was opened with the support of UK environmental charity, ‘Hubbub’, and the project is now calling on all local food businesses and estate holders in the area to donate any surplus food.

According to ‘Love Food Hate Waste’, the average British family with children throws away around £720 of food a year, or £60 a month. There are simultaneously over four million people in the UK living in food poverty.

Loz added: “Most food waste in the UK is avoidable and could have been eaten if it had been better managed.”

The refrigerator is one of a growing number of openings across the country. The concept came to the UK in 2016 with the opening of community fridges in Swadlincote, Frome and London.

Today, more than 50 projects are underway across the country.

Some of the challenges faced by community refrigerators to date relate to legal requirements and food hygiene. The world’s first network of community fridges was set up by environmental charity, Hubbub, to provide free advice and support to local organizers and act as a hub for communities to share experiences and learn about each other.

The East Hunsbury Community Fridge will be open 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday.

Find out more about the Abbey Center Community Fridge, donate or volunteer visit: The Abbey Centre, 10 Overslade Close, East Hunsbury NN4 0RZ or email [email protected]

More information about the community fridge network – including a map of fridge locations and advice for those wishing to set up a community fridge – can be found at

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