fridge inside a brightly painted ex-public toilet block is helping a Somerset town’s food businesses reduce their waste. “It’s gone from something a bit weird to being normal,” says Sheila Gore, owner of Frome Wholefoods.
Frome’s community fridge was launched in April 2016 after the town council’s resilience officer, Anna Francis, heard about solidarity fridges in Spain, where residents and restaurants can drop off food otherwise destined for the bin. Students from the Edventure school for community enterprise got it up and running, and one of them – Esther Deeks – now coordinates the project.
Between 8am and 8pm every day, businesses and individuals can deposit edible food that would otherwise go to waste, and anyone can take it. Gore, who is also a town councillor, is one one of several local business owners who donate to the fridge. Her staple donation is bread left at the end of a day’s trading.