Lewes Community Fridge

We are delighted to announce that Lewes Climate Hub is opening its Community Fridge doors – providing a place in the centre of town where anyone can share, receive and donate fresh produce to tackle the cost of living and reduce food waste.

Run by volunteers, Lewes Community Fridge will be open each Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm at the Fisher Street premises, with a focus on fresh and perishable food. Anyone is welcome to drop in and see what’s available.

Produce is being provided by local supermarkets and businesses. But we’re always looking for further donations. So whether you’re a local producer, a grower, or an allotment owner with a surplus, we’d love to hear from you. Donations can be regular or one-off – whatever you can spare, the Community Fridge will look to redistribute it.

 

How is it different from a food bank?

Lewes has four food banks, excellently run by volunteers, to support those facing severe food hardship. Community Fridges are meant to complement these banks’ work and help tackle food waste:

  • Anyone can drop in and use a Community Fridge – you don’t need a referral and there’s no limit on how many times you can visit
  • Community Fridges focus on redistributing perishable produce – much of which food banks can’t take
  • Visitors to Community Fridges can choose what they take away.

Community Fridges are completely free to use – although donations to support their running are always very welcome.

 

A big thank-you

Lewes Community Fridge is only possible with the help of a number of people. First, the sustainability charity Hubbub has provided us with initial funding in its bid to have 500 community fridges in the UK by the end of 2023. 

We warmly thank Emily Clarke at Landport Community Cafe for her support and good advice. Big thanks too to Anna Scott, who has been running a Community Fridge alongside Kings Church Food Bank for a year. Anna suggested the idea of a Community Fridge in the centre of town; without her help, we wouldn’t have been able to open!

 

Spread the word!

We ask everyone to support Lewes Community Fridge however they can – by donating, visiting, (even volunteering at it, if you can) and spreading the word.  Let’s reduce waste, support good nutrition and, hopefully, increase food security for everyone across our town. See opening days and more on our Facebook page here. If you have a question or would like to donate produce, email