A CHURCH in Pickersleigh has joined the battle against food waste by opening its own Community Fridge.
St Mary’s Church, on Sherrards Green Road, will enable people to share good food from local businesses that would otherwise have gone to waste.
Anyone from the local community can come and help themselves to free food between 9am and midday on Thursdays and Fridays.
Reducing food waste is good for the environment and reducing the impact of climate change.
The vicar, Rev Lynne Sparkes, had the idea of starting a Community Fridge earlier this year having heard about the one which had opened in Upton-upon-Severn.
The project has been enabled by a charity called Hubbub which has the mission of inspiring people to take practical actions that are good for them and the environment. It will also offer something to the local community.
The first partners to come onboard with the project are the Co-op, so starting next week, volunteers from St Mary’s will collect any good food that can no longer be sold from the local Co-op stores in Barnards Green, Malvern Link and Upper Howsell Road.
That will be stored in the Community Fridge – a fridge and a freezer – ready for people from the local community to share the following day.
Rev Sparkes added: “We are very excited about this new project and pleased to be able to take a positive action that means that food which would have gone to waste can be made available free of charge to anyone from the local community.
“It’s going to be interesting to see what food items we’ll be given each week.”