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community fridge

Definition: a public refrigerator where individuals and businesses can donate edible food that may otherwise go to waste, so that it can be taken and consumed by others.

Context: A community fridge where people or businesses can share surplus food that would have been thrown away has opened in Somerset (BBC News 2016).

Context: Frome’s community fridge was launched in April 2016 after the town council’s resilience officer, Anna Francis, heard about solidarity fridges in Spain, where residents and restaurants can drop off food otherwise destined for the bin (Hall 2016).


BBC News. “Frome's Community Fridge Aims to Reduce 'Avoidable' Food Waste”. BBC News. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-36177455. Posted on April 30, 2016. Last accessed on October 12, 2016.

HALL, Amy. “Greggs and M&S Join Movement to Donate Leftover Food to Solidarity Fridges”. The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/jul/30/greggs-marks-spencer-food-waste-solidarity-fridges-frome-germany-india-spain-uae. Posted on July 30, 2016. Last accessed on October 12, 2016.

HARRIS, Sara Ann. “Greggs And Marks And Spencer Join The War On Food Waste With A Community Fridge”. The Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/greggs-and-marks-and-spencer-join-the-war-on-food-waste-with-a-community-fridge_uk_579cca16e4b07cb01dcfa955. Posted on July 30, 2016. Last accessed on October 12, 2016.

Sustainable Food Cities. “London’s First Community Fridge Set to Launch”. http://sustainablefoodcities.org/newsevents/news/articleid/622/london-s-first-community-fridge-set-to-launch. Posted on July 15, 2016. Last accessed on October 12, 2016.

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