The Great Dunmow Community Fridge – a joint project of UCAN and St. Mary’s Church aims to reduce food waste and enable people in need to benefit from free fresh food

We are delighted to announce that the Community Fridge in Great Dunmow has been officially opened today. Staffed by a team of local volunteers, and funded by UCAN and St. Mary’s Church, Great Dunmow, the community fridge is a repository for donated fresh food items, being supplied by Dunmow Coop. The items are close to date or have a best before date that is recently passed – but they are still all too good to waste! This join venture aims to reduce food waste and get food to people who can make use of it.

Sophie Davis, project lead for UCAN said “We are excited to open the fridge today, and it wouldn’t have been possibly without the support and goodwill of the Dunmow community. The Coop have been fantastic in providing the food, and our team of volunteers will operate the fridge day-to-day keeping it stocked, rotating the food and cleaning, as well as checking the temperature and making sure everything is running well. We are sure the fridge will be a great new resource for the community.”

Food in the fridge is free to people who can make good use of it. The Uttlesford Community Hub at 45 Stortford Road, Great Dunmow is open Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. No appointment needed. Please bring a bag.

You can also donate in support of the Community Fridge by clicking here

UCAN is a community charity serving the residents of Uttlesford. We provide a range of support services including the Community Response Hub, Ticket Home hospital discharge and the Essex Shed Network. We also provide outreach services through our Mobile Community Hub, Drinks with Community Links mobile coffee trailer and will shortly be opening a new Community Hub in Saffron Walden, in partnership with Enterprise East and Saffron Walden Town Council.