A North East community project that ensures perfectly good food that would otherwise go to waste gets eaten has been able to boost its operation thanks to grant support from a local housing association.
Consett Community Fridge operates all year round and opens three times a week. It offers uses a selection of items, including fresh, dried, tinned or packaged food that may have exceeded its sell-by date — but are still with the use-by date.
Over the past year, £11,800 of funding secured through Karbon Homes’ Investing in Communities scheme has helped the community venture go from strength to strength.
Since April 2019, the fridge has served over 1,500 people from the local community.
“The community fridge needed to move to a more suitable location earlier this year, and the funding from Karbon has been really valuable in getting us set up and integrated into the new venue,” said Terri Leighs, director of Consett Community Fridge.
“There’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to keep an operation like this running smoothly and the Karbon grant has enabled us to take on a fridge coordinator, who oversees the operation and organises the moving around of the food and the volunteers.”
Karbon’s community connector Jess Wray, who has been working with the fridge, added: “This is a fantastic project and is making such a significant difference to the local people. It really does embody community spirit, and they’re the type of projects Karbon is always keen to support.”
Main Image: Jess Wray from Karbon Homes, with (from left to right) Terri Leighs, Consett Community Fridge director, and volunteers Mark Hatcher, Steve Whitfield and Pamela Marets.