Where the food goes

Today I met someone at the community fridge who said that the fridge is keeping him alive.  That is humbling, also what an indictment…


Weighing the food

Hubbub kindly gave us some handsome bathroom scales with which we have been weighing the food going into the fridge and the food that we are composting (the difference between the two is what is being taken from the fridge).

From Monday morning until this (Thursday) afternoon, 89kg has gone into the fridge and 4kg (two weeks’ worth) has gone for composting.  I had thought that 25-50kg of food was being cycled through the fridge each week, but it looks like it is 100+kg.  Very exciting.

Today the fridge is rammed full with beans, tomatoes, potatoes, kiwi fruit, apples etc. etc. from the Magdalen Street Tesco and St. Aldates Sainsbury’s.  No photo, but imagine food being shoved into the fridge like commuters onto the Tokyo subway…

Thank you Rowse/Valeo!

Rowse/Valeo have just kindly donated £100 to Food for Charities, for use for the community fridge.  Rowse is the purveyor of the excellent honey products that Food for Charities has been delivering, and Valeo makes those delicious chocolate sweets…

We are hoping to set up another community fridge, this one in Jericho at Aristotle House.  If that goes ahead, then the £100 will go most of the way towards buying the fridge.  If it doesn’t, then the £100 will pay for a year’s electricity for the Botley community fridge, plus non-perishables, once the ones that we currently have are used up.



New fridge!

We have a new fridge.  I know that it looks remarkably like the old fridge, but it has an A+ energy rating and a good seal, and so should keep fridge temperatures more even and save energy.  Thank you to the Coop for the donation that enabled us to buy the fridge.  Next we’ll be getting shelving to fit next to the beautiful new fridge…

… and today we got about 20 packs of blueberries from Banbury Food for Charities, yum.

Please let me know if you can use the old fridge, which is serviceable if not quite as lovely as our new one.

Launch of community fridge network

The network of community fridges is launched today!

The Botley fridge is thriving.  We got lots of food today courtesy of the Banbury Aldi and Morrisons which had so much bread and veg that we couldn’t get rid of it all in Banbury.  Lucky we got a transparent bread box to put on top of the fridge, or it wouldn’t all have fit.

The Coop gave us £250 to spend on a new fridge, since the seal on the current one isn’t good.  The new fridge is arriving on 8 August.