To combat food waste—and help ensure more people have access to nutritious food—a British environmental charity is turning to an innovative bit of technology: community refrigerators.
Set up in public spaces including community centers and a church, the refrigerators allow restaurants, supermarkets, home cooks, and others with excess food to donate it while helping ensure it remains fresh.
Those in need of the food then can pick it up, free of charge.
“Food waste is a major issue in the UK—about 13 billion pounds worth of food gets wasted every year,” said Stine Wilhelmsen, who works with Hubbub, the environmental charity installing the fridges.
The charity, which has installed 50 community refrigerators so far, aims to put in place another 50 across Britain by the end of 2020, she said.
The initiative is part of the charity’s Community Fridge Network, launched in 2017 to tackle food waste by supporting groups trying to redistribute unused food, Wilhelmsen told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.