Community fridge helps feed community at Priesthorpe


A ‘community fridge’ based in a West Leeds school is helping to provide food to people who need it this winter

Co-op Academy Priesthorpe has opened the fridge as a space for people to come together and share food resources. The community can bring surplus food that might otherwise have gone to waste.

Fridges help address social isolation and provide locals with access to fresh food, whilst saving money.

Headteacher, Martin Blacoe, said the fridge was a great solution to help eliminate food waste from supermarkets or kitchen cupboards and redistribute this to local families.

To celebrate the partnership between Co-op and environmental charity, Hubbub. Co-op are adding 500 new community fridges to Hubbub’s network by 2024.

“We are delighted to open our community fridge,” he added. “It’s a great way of connecting with our community, promoting the importance of reducing food waste.”

With over 300 fridges across the UK, Hubbub has partnered with the Co-op to fund an additional 500 fridges by 2024.

Dr Chris Tomlinson, CEO of Co-op Academies Trust, said: “Partnering with Hubbub and the Co-op to bring the community together and create fairer access to food is fantastic.

“After a successful launch of the first fridge at Co-op Academy Failsworth, we’re thrilled to launch the second in our Trust. It will be a community-led food solution to help support those that need it.“

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