Community Fridge

Community is at the heart of everything we do at Eat That Frog – from the very beginning, we have always aimed to work in a way that creates opportunities and adds value to the lives of local people.

We know it’s not always easy to eat healthily when you’re on a budget. That’s why we’ve started our new ‘community fridge’ at The Pad – with a little help from some local companies. We act as a hub for Morrison’s, Riverford Delivery and other suppliers, who donate ‘close to expiry-date’ food.

We use this to offer a free food service for local people. Anyone is able to access this service – you do not have to be out of work or already on a course with Eat That Frog.

We also use some ingredients for our catering training, Over 50’s lunch club, and our young students access food parcels to take home. We distribute to local groups, like The Haven Torbay  (supporting the homeless), Salvation Army/ Paignton community larder and a Holiday Hunger project for children who get free school meals.

Many thanks to Hubbub project which donated the fridge.

Our areas of work have expanded, and our geographical community has grown – but our basic principles have remained the same; putting people, values and quality above all else. We do this not by viewing community work as an ‘extra’, but by embedding it in all our programmes.

In 2016, we were proud to win the Herald Express ‘Community Group of the Year’ award, being described as ‘inspiring’ for our track record of community work.

The Community Fridge doesn’t just provide a valuable resource for local people, it also helps to cut down on food waste and landfill. Over the year, taking figures from Hubbub and The Fair Share we estimate that our community fridge provides:

  • 600 collections of food from supermarkets
  • 15,000kg of food collected
  • Equivalent of 10,000 meals
  • Saving of over 40,000kg of CO2
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