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Community fridge project aims to tackle food waste

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A ‘cool’ new scheme aimed at reducing food waste while supporting the local community is calling for volunteers to help run the service.

Wigston Magna’s Community Fridge is filled with donated food, which is available for members of the community to take for free.

Volunteers are needed to help with the day-to-day running of the project, which is based in Leicestershire County Council’s Children’s Centre in Long Street.

Trialled with the support of environmental charity Hubbub UK, the fridge is open for anyone in the community to use or donate to and is open daily during the week from 11:30am to 3pm.

The volunteers will be tasked with supporting the project by:

Collecting food from donors,

Fridge cleaning and monitoring,

Donating any unwanted food items,

Arranging shelves and

Day to day maintenance.


Food waste is a big issue. The project has been set up so people can make use of perfectly good food that would normally be thrown away. The project will hopefully cut food waste while building strong bonds in the community and helping to redistribute good quality food.

“The Community Fridge project is open to anyone who needs it.”

Food waste is a big issue in the UK. The average household throws away £700 worth of food every year and at the same time four million people in the UK are living in food poverty. Most food waste in the UK is avoidable and could have been eaten had it been better managed. 

The project follows the success of a similar scheme at Coalville’s Children’s Centre in the High Street. Since it launched in June, 3,063kg of food has been used and saved from being thrown away. To make a donation, simply drop into the centre.

To find out more about the scheme, or to donate or volunteer, visit Wigston Magna Sure Start Children’s Centre on Facebook.

More on the Coalville scheme can be found at the North West Leics Children’s Centres Facebook page.

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