‘Vital’ community fridge to provide free food and reduce waste introduced in town

Tracy Terry, manager at the Engine Room Café and the new Charles Burrell community fridge coordinato

Tracy Terry, manager at the Engine Room Café and the new Charles Burrell community fridge coordinator. Picture: Charles Burrell Centre - Credit: Archant

A “vital” community fridge to provide free food and reduce waste has been introduced in a town’s business centre.

New community fridge introduced at the Charles Burrell Centre in Thetford. Photo: Breckland Council

New community fridge introduced at the Charles Burrell Centre in Thetford. Photo: Breckland Council - Credit: Breckland Council

The Charles Burrell Centre, in Thetford, has revealed it is now home to a new community fridge, as part of Breckland Council's district-wide initiative to tackle food waste.

Community fridges work by providing a convenient venue where local businesses can donate food that is past its sell-by date, but within its use-by date, for collection by local residents, for free.

Tracy Terry, manager at the Engine Room Café and the new Charles Burrell community fridge coordinator, said: "The Charles Burrell Centre offers a fantastic range of services and support for local people and small businesses, therefore we are delighted to add this vital community fridge to our list of services provided to local residents, while helping save food going to waste."

This follows the success of the fridges installed in Dereham, Watton, Swaffham and the Abbey Neighbourhood Centre in Thetford.

New community fridge introduced at the Charles Burrell Centre in Thetford. Photo: Breckland Council

New community fridge introduced at the Charles Burrell Centre in Thetford. Photo: Breckland Council - Credit: Breckland Council


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Since the Breckland Community Fridge scheme started around a year ago more than 14,500kg of food has been collected and distributed for consumption by local people, instead of being thrown away.

A Breckland spokesman said: "Community fridges are for use by everyone.

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"Whether you've forgotten to bring your lunch to work or perhaps just want to drop in to see if there is anything you could use towards an evening meal, everything in the fridges is there to be used - for free.

"No-one likes to see good food go to waste so, whether you are a local food retailer or someone who could make use of donations, please take advantage of this new community fridge and help reduce food waste."

An officer from the council's food safety team is providing training for all those working with the Breckland fridges, to ensure their food safety knowledge is up to date.

The new Thetford fridge at the Charles Burrell Centre can be accessed between 8.30am and 9.30pm, Monday to Friday and Saturday 8.30am to 4pm

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