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Helping to feed Brighton families

Posted on 04 June 2019

The Phoenix community fridge in Brighton has given free fresh food to about 1,100 people in its first year.

“Since it opened in May 2018, we have redistributed more than three tonnes of free food to local people, just under half of whom are Hyde residents,” said Sean Sheppard, Community Facilities Supervisor at the Hyde Foundation.

We are working with Brighton & Hove Food Partnership to encourage local organisations, including Aldi, Nando’s, UK Harvest and FareShare Sussex, to donate healthy and nutritious food to the fridge, which is based at our Phoenix Community Centre. We are also recruiting resident volunteers to help manage the fridge, paying for them to gain food safety certificates, to further their learning and job prospects.

“It’s wonderful to see local organisations getting involved,” Sean said. “More and more people are struggling to make ends meet, so this is a vital service. Users tell us the fridge has changed their lives, allowing them to eat every day, rather than going hungry.”

Tune in to Burgess Hill Radio on 1 July, from 8pm, to hear Sean promote the work of the fridge.