Food waste is a big issue in the UK. The average household throws away 470 pounds’ worth of food each year, while 4.1 million people across the country are living in food poverty. One in five children in Milton Keynes live below the poverty line. This is unacceptable. MK Community Fridge will offer one solution to help reduce this problem in Milton Keynes.
MK Community Fridge is two fridges and one freezer located in the foyer of The Old Bath House and Community Centre, Stratford Road, Wolverton and available to access from Saturday 1 July. The fridges will enable residents and businesses to share surplus food and for anyone to help themselves to quality food that would otherwise be wasted.
What we'll deliver:
- An open access service for organisations and individuals that want to redistribute their surplus food
- Quality food within it’s 'Use By' date
- Opportunities for our community to build stronger bonds through events, participation and sharing food.
- A detailed website and effective marketing campaign to share the project across MK
- Launch event 11-4pm, Saturday 1 July
- Information about how to reduce food waste and recipe ideas
- Fresh herbs and edible plants grown onsite
- A fridge community board
Why it's a great idea:
MK Community Fridge is a solution to cutting food waste, building stronger bonds within our community and redistributing perishable food to those who need it most. By successfully setting up and sustaining MK Community Fridge in Wolverton we can lead the way for other fridge projects across our city.
Steps to get it done:
- Prepare the foyer space at The Old Bath House & Community Centre
- Install and maintain the fridges
- Recruit and train volunteers
- Contact food businesses and supermarkets
- Share the project with Milton Keynes residents
Your support will help secure a long-term future for MK Community Fridge beyond the initial pilot project. This funding will help run the fridges more effectively with funds to do outreach, make collections and share the project more widely with the people that need it. The fridges aren’t just about reducing food waste, they’re an opportunity to gather as a community, share our experiences, skills and valuable resources that might otherwise be wasted.