Thank you party held for Fridge Friends – community fridge heroes!

21 February 2024 |

Volunteers from Holsworthy Community Fridge enjoyed a post-Christmas celebration last week to thank them for their hard work and dedication to this environmental initiative. This is a site where local people can benefit from surplus food from supermarkets, local food businesses, and gleaning opportunities from local farmers. The Fridge’s main purpose is saving fresh food from going to waste and keeping it within the town for the benefit of all local people.

Melissa Trudgill, Community Engagement Lead at Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust, who helped to set the project up and continues to oversee the project said’ the volunteers otherwise known as the ‘Fridge Friends’ deserved a thank you treat after giving their time to this project for almost a year now. They really are an amazing team and run the project day to day completely by themselves. We are inspired by their efforts and we all know that this project along with the food bank and food hub are not only ensuring that food does not go to waste but helping our children and families and the whole community. Huge thanks to Alison Knight at LiveWest for sponsoring this event’.

The fridge is firmly embedded now in the community and is used on a daily basis. There is very minimal, if any food left, at the end of the day. Melissa expressed her thanks not only to the volunteer team but to Waitrose and Co-op for their continuing support of this project, Holsworthy Library for supplying the energy for the fridge, to LiveWest for contributing to the set-up costs of the project but also for sponsoring this thank you event for the volunteers and Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust whose ongoing backing of this and other food projects demonstrates their commitment not only to the children in their schools but to the family and community as a whole.

If you would like to volunteer even for an hour a week for this worthwhile project and become part of a friendly team of ‘Fridge Friends’, please contact Melissa Trudgill, Community Engagement Lead,

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