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Community Fridge to ease food poverty comes to Oxford

By John Charlton

The Community Fridge project is gaining a lot of interest across the UK as communities try to come up with solutions to food poverty with the re-distribution of food stuffs.

The Botley Community Fridge started on 13 March and is based in St. Peter & St. Paul Church, Botley. Its primary aim is to reduce food waste, so anyone can take the food, but there are two sessions per week that prioritises people in need when the fridge is most likely to be full. This is only the fourth community fridge in the country but already other areas have expressed interest.

Botley Community Fridge organiser Riki Therivel said: “ The fridge has taken six months to set up and there has been long discussions with the environmental health officer to agree what can and cannot go into the fridge, negotiations with the church about electricity costs and setting up a rota of volunteers who will pick up food and clean the fridge on a daily basis.”

Food for the fridge is being provided by Tesco FareShare and the Oxford Food Bank, plus hopefully many individuals. The homeless charities have been informed about the fridge and the organisers are keen to spread the word about the project.

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