Community Fridge FAQ’s

What is a Community Fridge?
Why are Community Fridges so important to our society?
Who can take food from the Community Fridge?
Is there a Community Fridge Near Me?
How do I use the Community Fridge?
Who are our partners?
What food items can we accept?
What Food items we cannot accept?
Is it safe to eat food from The Community Fridge?
How can I become a volunteer?
How can I donate money to support the project?


What is a Community Fridge?
Pembrokeshire FRAME Community Fridges are innovative resources for everyone to use and our projects are designed to ensure that food does not go to waste. We currently have the Haverfordwest Community Fridge at our Merlin’s Bridge site and we are planning to open The Pembroke Dock Community Fridge soon. Each site has additional shelving area to safely store food and food is available for anyone to take free of charge. Follow our Facebook pages to get updates about what food we have in stock. Pembrokeshire FRAME are members of the national Community Fridge Network which is led by the environmental charity HUBBUB. The Community Fridge also acts as a hub for the local community, enabling us to make food accessible for anyone, but also providing a community network where people can meet and share waste reducing ideas.

 

A Community Fridge is a refrigerator (colloquially “fridge”) located in a public space.

Why are Community Fridges so important to our society?
The Waste and Resource Action Programme (WRAP) estimate that 61% of food waste in the UK could be avoided and that the average family in the UK throws away £470 worth of edible food each year. A Community Fridge is a creative tool to help combat this growing issue. It provides suppliers with the opportunity to share surplus food with the community and stop food being wasted. Across the UK Community Fridges have already helped families and individuals save money, stopped perfectly edible food going to waste and built connections within communities.

Who can take food from the Community Fridge?
Everyone is welcome to visit our community fridges to take food. The more people who use the Fridge, the more waste we can reduce, so please come along and support our project. Our aim is to reduce the amount of waste reaching landfill sites. The Community Fridge also enables people facing hardship to have easy access to fresh, nutritious food.

 

A lovely note from one of our regular fridge visitors!

Is there a Community Fridge Near Me?
Anybody from anywhere is welcome to visit and take free surplus food from The Haverfordwest Community Fridge, but we do work closely with other Community Fridges and food support groups in Pembrokeshire, which might be closer to you including:

If you are a local community food support group and would like to have contact details for your group listed here please email info@frameltd.co.uk

How do I use the Community Fridge?
Our Community Fridge is supported by local food stores and is open each weekday from 10 am to 12 midday. We also have, from time to time, a range of non food stuffs that we also distribute. The Haverfordwest Community Fridge is based in the Old Press Building on Pembrokeshire FRAME’s site in Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest.

How do I use the Community Fridge during the Covid Pandemic?
Due to the current situation we are providing our users with a bag of produce that can be collected from the Fridge. This is prepared by our volunteers and will include a range of produce that we have in stock. We do encourage people to message us when they would like to have a bag of produce and these are prepared in advance and available for collection.

 

All produce is weighed so we know how much food waste we are saving.

Who are our partners?
We are extremely grateful to our partnering supermarkets including: Tescos, Marks and Spencers, Lidl, Aldi and CK’s who provide us with surplus food. Other local businesses include The Welsh Bakery, Upton Farm Foods and Totally Welsh. Members of the public also donate food to the Community Fridge. If you would like to support our waste reducing efforts by becoming a Community Fridge partner please contact us.

What food items can we accept?
To ensure excellent food safety and quality we have strict guidance on what can be donated:
We can accept:

• Fruit
• Vegetables
• Bakery products that do not contain cream
• Non-dairy drinks
• Unopened Salad or Vegetable packets
• Unopened Non-perishables items (tins, pasta, jars etc)
• Fresh Eggs (traceable, clean, lion stamped with a use by date)
• Unopened pasteurised milk, cheese and yoghurt
• Unopened fruit juices

 

What Food items we cannot accept?
• Food beyond the USE BY date
• Cooked food from uncertified sources
• No raw meat, raw fish or cooked rice
• Unpasteurised Milk or products containing this
• Raw milk cheese
• Pates
• Beansprouts
• Any items containing the above ingredients

Is it safe to eat food from The Community Fridge?
The Haverfordwest Community Fridge has a 5 Star Food Hygiene rating from the local Environmental Health Officer. We have a superb team of trained volunteers responsible for the daily checking of food, cleaning and temperature monitoring of the fridge. Volunteers maintain fridge hygiene standards and ensure unsafe food is disposed of responsibly. We are careful to ensure that the fridge contains no produce that is not good to eat or has passed its use-by date. Information provided at The Community Fridge, provides clear guidelines as to what can and cannot be put in the fridge.

How can I become a volunteer?
Our fridges are run by a team of volunteers, with people needed to collect and deliver food, open and close the fridge, manage the stock, clean and organise, prepare rotas, collate the data collected, co-ordinate social media and marketing and fundraising. For more information check our Volunteers page, contact us or message us on Facebook. For some of the roles volunteers will need food and safety hygiene certificates or be willing to follow a training course.

 

 

How can I donate money to support the project?
To cover ongoing costs (including equipment, maintenance, cleaning materials, electricity bills, volunteer expenses etc) we are always in need of support through donations. If you would like to make a donation you can do so in person via the donation box at our Community Fridges or online using the donation button below. All donations are extremely welcome and received with thanks! If you, your business or organisation would like to discuss fundraising challenges, activities or sponsorship to support The Community Fridge please get in touch here and we can develop a bespoke plan.

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To cover ongoing costs (including equipment, maintenance, cleaning materials, electricity bills, volunteer expenses etc) we are always in need of support through donations. If you would like to make a donation you can do so in person via the donation box at our Community Fridges or online using the donation button above. All donations are extremely welcome and received with thanks!

If you, your business or organisation would like to discuss fundraising challenges, activities or sponsorship to support The Community Fridge please get in touch here and we can develop a bespoke plan.

We would welcome any contribution that you can make towards the general running costs of the Community Fridge.

Target: £25,000.00

Please note: We ask for your address to enable us to claim gift aid on your donation.