Do you run or know someone who runs a community fridge? New funding just released to help members of the Community Fridge Network to set up new food activities such as healthy cooking classes, food growing projects and meals for the local community.
The fund is open to constituted voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations, providing they are already registered with the UK Community Fridge network. There will be an online information session at 2pm on 20 April 2023. The deadline to apply is 23.59 on 31 May 2023.
More than just a fridge
Last year the Community Fridge Network redistributed over 16 million meals’ worth of food, but fridges are about even more than sharing good food that would otherwise go to waste. They’re social spaces where anyone can meet their neighbours, learn some new skills or enjoy a community meal.
As well as sharing new skills and building confidence, feedback from groups has shown that food hub activities often have wider benefits too. People of all ages are coming together and connecting. In some cases the food hub activities have also been a way into other community activities like yoga and meetings with local councillors.
Applications for grant funding are now open
Community fridge groups can now apply for grant funds of £7,000 for new activities linked to one of four themes:
1) Skills – to give the community a chance to learn about sustainable, affordable, and heathy living through workshops, events, cookbooks, or how-to-guides.
2) Affordable food - to help increase access to local and affordable food through food cooperatives, food box schemes or food markets.
3) Community connection - to help communities to come together around shared food through community meals, coffee and chats, activities for young people, and recipe sharing.
4) Growing – to support community growing and increase the amount of food grown and shared locally through community gardens, greening projects and seed or plant sharing.
The funding is available to community fridges that are already open and running. To find out more click here.