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Christmas Eve food giveaway at Community Fridge

The Community Fridge pictured at its opening in the summer of 2019 (Photo credit: Paul Reid)

Surplus food collected from supermarkets on Christmas Eve to be given away for free at Community Fridge in Dundee.

The Gate Church Carbon Saving Project in Dundee will continue its work to tackle food waste by collecting surplus food from supermarkets as they close on Christmas Eve. The food will be given away for free at their Community Fridge.

The Community Fridge is part of the Gate Church Carbon Saving Project, which is funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF). The CCF is a Scottish Government grant programme administered by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Gate Church Carbon Saving Project co-ordinator, Lynsey Penny, said

“The shops close for a couple of days and normally throw out a lot of food. We are hoping to save a massive amount, so we are urging people to come down and help us by taking some if they can.”

The Community Fridge will be open from 7 - 9 pm on Christmas Eve and Lynsey explained that the team of volunteers will be spreading out the food over the two hours so no-one should arrive before 7pm and there is no need for everyone to rush to be the first there.

She said, “We have devised a system that will allow everyone to get their food quickly, while still keeping everyone safe and socially distanced.”

She is well aware that many people feel that they should leave the food for those who need it most, but stressed that it is for everyone and there will, in all probability, be an enormous amount, so suggests that anyone concerned about taking food that is needed by someone else should come to the Fridge towards the end of the evening and see what is still there. That way, nothing will need to be thrown out.

The Community Fridge is at Miller’s Wynd, Perth Road, Dundee and will be open from 7 - 9 pm on Christmas Eve. It will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, but will re-open as usual on 27 December.

The Community Fridge opened in the summer of 2019, and is designed to save surplus food at supermarkets from being sent to landfill by giving it away for free.

The CCF provides funding and support to help community-led organisations in Scotland tackle climate change through projects that reduce local carbon emissions. Over 1,150 projects across all 32 local authorities have been awarded CCF grants for activities involving energy efficiency, sustainable travel, local food and resource efficiency. Total CCF funding since 2008 has exceeded £111 million. 

Find out more about the Gate Church Carbon Saving Project here.

23 December 2020

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