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Vote for the Community Fridge!

Posted on 16 July 2018

The Hyde Group’s Phoenix Community Centre is home to Brighton’s first ever community fridge. It is part of the UK-wide Community Fridge Network of over 30 registered fridges, and has been nominated for the National Lottery Awards in the category of "Best Environment Project".

The awards are the annual search to find the UK’s favourite projects funded by the National Lottery.  The winning project will receive £5,000 and will appear on a BBC One awards show. 

The Community Fridge Network is run by the environmental charity Hubbub with the aim of reducing the amount of fresh food that ends up in the bin. Food waste remains a huge issue in the UK, with £13 billion of edible food thrown away from our homes every year and a further £3 billion of food wasted by the hospitality and food service sector.

The Phoenix Centre’s Community Fridge in central Brighton is stocked with edible surplus food from local businesses and households, and is open to everyone in the community to access.  It first opened its doors in May and has redistributed more than 200kg of food since it arrived. Local businesses donating surplus food to the fridge include Fareshare and UK Harvest and visitors to the fridge have been able to enjoy a range of fresh food, from fruit and vegetables to bread and pastries.  The community fridge is open Monday to Friday, 9am-12pm and 2:30pm-5pm. 

Manager of the Phoenix Centre, Sean Sheppard said: “We are really excited to be at the forefront of delivering this project and it has already made a huge difference to the local community in the short space of time it has been available. Families that might otherwise be struggling for a meal are benefitting from being able to pop in and access what’s in the fridge, and having this facility is making a positive impact on food waste for people and businesses in the area.”

Hubbub CEO, Trewin Restorick said: “Community fridges play a hugely important role in bring communities together to reduce food waste. We are thrilled that the judges of the National Lottery Awards have recognised how valuable they are. We’d love to get the support of Brighton residents to give us a chance of winning the top prize so we can support even more communities.” 

How to vote: 

  • Online via the Lottery Good Causes website
  • Telephone please call 0844 836 9684 - Telephone voting calls cost 5p max. A connection charge may be applied by some networks. Please check with your provider.​
  • Twitter simply tweet #NLACFNetwork

Voting is closes on 27 July at midnight.