We’re proud to announce that Sheffield’s first (and only!) Community Fridge is open and ready to be used. Accommodation and Commercial Services, in collaboration with the Students’ Union, aim to tackle food wastage in our residences by encouraging students to share unwanted food.
Located in The Edge Café/Dining Room, the Fridge will be open from 8am-10pm.
The community fridge is a place to drop off your surplus food that was destined for the bin, or pick up a snack or meal when you’re short on food or cash.
Food waste is a big issue in the UK. The average household throws away £470 worth of food every year and at the same time 4 million people in the UK are living in food poverty. Most food waste in the UK (4.1 million tonnes or 61%) is avoidable and could have been eaten had it been better managed.
We’ve all been there - you buy too much at the shop, or your plans change and there’s food left in your fridge waiting to go off. Now you can drop food items off at the fridge and someone else can make sure it doesn’t go to waste. Similarly, if you’ve been budgeting and money is tight, the fridge is an excellent option for you. The food in the fridge needs to go, so please don’t be shy!
Whether you’re taking or leaving food, everything needs to be weighed, so we can accurately keep a track of just how much food is being saved. There are lots of helpful guidelines available at the fridge, including a list of what can and cannot be left, and there is paper to keep a record of what’s coming and going.
Within the first 24 hours of the fridge being open, over 7.87kg of food had been taken out and there was also 1.2kg of food added. This is fantastic! Again, a huge thank you to everyone who has been using the fridge and we really encourage all students and local residents to make the most of this wonderful initiative.