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Preventing Food Waste in our Community

At Greening Steyning’s BN44 Community Fridge we are making headway in cutting food waste. We do this by collecting food from local supermarkets that has just passed its best before date, but is still good to eat. We open up the Fridge and give it away FREE to anyone who will make good use of it.

We are sourcing food from a growing range of shops including Steyning Co-op and other nearby Co-ops, Truffles, Tescos and Waitrose.  A big thanks to them all for making this possible, and also to Fair Divide, the Wilson Memorial Trust and the Steyning Society for supporting the initiative. 

Any leftovers are distributed to other community organisations, such as the Beeding Warm Hub, Croft Meadow Care Home, Vintage Years and Southdown Nursery.

What to expect when you visit?

A chance to pick up some fresh food that has just passed its best before date but is still good to eat.  All for free! Our volunteers will give you a rough guideline of how much you can take with you. On an average day this might be something like; 2 bread products, 1 fresh fruit or veg product and something from the fridge. There could be any goodies in there from ready meals to ice-cream! We differ to a foodbank in that our goal is to stop food being wasted, so anyone and everyone who can take food away is warmly welcomed – you are helping us on our mission to prevent waste.

When is it?

  • Every Monday Evening from 6pm – 7pm
  • Every Thursday Morning from 10am – 11am

Where is it?

Church Cottage in Vicarage Lane, Steyning, right next to the St Andrew’s Church, BN44 3RS. Parking is always available in the Fletchers Croft car park.

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Up to 200 KILOS of food given away every week!

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We are delighted with the success of this project, as well as the support and positive feedback we have received from the local community.

On our journey to set this up we were helped hugely by hubbub.org.uk and the Community Fridge Network who provided a wealth of information and are worth referring to if you are thinking of setting up a Community Fridge near you.

Pop-Up Fridges and More

We are now bringing Pop-Up Fridges to other  local venues, such as the Hub in Upper Beeding. Check out our events page for details and dates. If you have an idea for a local community which could benefit from a Pop-Up Fridge and can provide a suitable venue we would llve to hear from you!

We are also always on the lookout to strengthen the trusty volunteer team running the Community Fridge so do get in touch if you would like to join the team.

Got a glut? Any local growers or allotment owners struggling to manage excess produce are welcome to get in touch!

Email us for more info at:  communityfridge@greeningsteyning.org