The average household with children wastes £730 a year by throwing away food and drink which could have been eaten. That’s around £60 a month! In addition, £3billion is wasted by the food sector.

There is a growing awareness of the issues with food waste and many people want to help to get food close to its Use By date to others so that it can be eaten instead of being thrown away.

Community fridges provide businesses and individuals with the opportunity to share food that otherwise would have been wasted. They are public places where surplus food is shared between the community. Anybody can access a community fridge, there is no need to register, simply turn up during opening hours and make use of the facility and help good food from going to wate.

Community fridges help people connect with their communities, access nutritious food, save money and reduce waste.

In Norfolk we have the largest community fridge network outside of London, check out the list below to find your nearest community fridge.

Find Your Local Community Fridge

In Norfolk there are community fridges in the following locations:

Aylsham                                         Cromer                                                 Dereham

Diss                                                 Dussindale                                          Fakenham

Great Yarmouth                           Gorleston (MESH)                              Hemsby


Holt (The Treehouse)                  Hunstanton                                                    Loddon

North Walsham                           Norwich (Hall Road)                                     Norwich (Silver Road)

Sheringham                                  South Lynn                                                      Stalham

Swaffham                                     Thetford (Abbey Community Centre)        Thetford (Charles Burrell Centre)

Watton                                          Wymondham

Please check the opening hours of your local Community Fridge before visiting.

What can I do?

You can get involved by:

  • Supporting and using your local community fridge
  • Spreading the word, tell family and friends about your local fridge
  • If you are a local business or vegetable grower; donate surplus food to your local community fridge
  • Liking, following and sharing your local community fridge on social media

Setting up a Community Fridge

Image of preparation of Community Fridge stock

If you would like to set up a community fridge in your local area Hubbub have created a How to guide and template materials to take you through, step by step, the stages for setting up a new Community Fridge.

They have also created the Community Fridge Network to connect all of the Community Fridge projects across the UK and IE, so you can exchange advice and get support.