The Rutland Community Fridge project is now 1 year old! We wanted to share our awesome news with you.... We have saved 8 tonnes of food from going into landfill waste! We have had 2000 Customer Interactions with people in our community!
We have altered the times of our fridges to meet the needs of our community and are now open on Fridays in: Oakham Mill Street: 10 am - 11:30 am Uppingham Town Hall: 1.30pm - 3:00 pm
We collect food from local supermarkets at the end of the day when they have to get rid of their surplus, when they can no longer sell the following day but we can freeze it or pass it on as it is still fit to eat.
Until now we have gifted all this food with no charge as we were successful in gaining funding to establish this project. We are now moving to a “Pay as you Feel” system to support the running costs of this project.
We have trained around 25 willing volunteers in Food Hygiene and have a core team of folk who support the volunteers each session and collect food from supermarkets. There has been a great interest in this project in Rutland. Thank you to all of our volunteers, without whom this would not be possible.
Our aim is still to save perfectly good food from waste and pass it on to anyone who wishes to use it up. It is strange in these times that a lot of supermarkets sometimes have gaps on their shelves but then they still have to get rid of food at the end of the day.
We are there to prevent this waste from not being used. Any food waste that we have at the end of the opening times, goes to the Rutland Farm Park to support feeding the animals! It is a waste free cycle!
We would like to thank Uppingham Town Council for giving us the space to host the Community Fridge in a great location in town and also ECOSKI who very kindly gift us the space in Oakham to house the project.