We believe that no food should go to waste and that everyone should have access to fresh, healthy food. Our award-winning team works tirelessly 5 days a week to rescue good, surplus food that would otherwise go to landfill and to bring it to our community.
Food waste globally is a huge problem. Here in the UK:
- 10-13 million tonnes is estimated to be sent to landfill annually
- 40% of that is domestic waste
- An estimated 400,000 tonnes could be diverted and consumed
Currently here at Mid Surrey Community Fridges we are saving 7.5 tonnes of supermarket and large producers’ food from landfill every week.
We started small in September 2017 but things changed dramatically for us with the pandemic. During lockdown, we became a referral service to deliver food parcels to the doorsteps of those in need. Those referrals came from social services, schools, churches and the neighbourhood. Since lockdown was relaxed, we still deliver to some who cannot leave their homes. That is a total of 54,000 bags of food going to some of the most vulnerable in our society.
So far we have:
- saved 1,200 tonnes of food from landfill
- equating to £3.4m of food
- or 1.7 million meals
- or 2,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions
We now have a dual purpose: to reduce food waste and to influence behaviour and policy around food waste, and to help those who find themselves in food poverty and insecurity. The food is available to everyone; all we ask is for a voluntary donation of £2.50 per visit to help with our costs and to help us to survive.
Come to take the food and make a donation if you can!
You can support us by buying a local lottery ticket
Can’t find a fridge near you? Try looking on the Hubbub UK Fridge Map instead.
As our Fridges are volunteer-run, operating times are subject to change at short notice.
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Help us to continue our work to influence food production in the UK and to support those who are in need
You can help us by:
- Donating money at the Fridge sites or through our website
- Giving good, sealed, in date food to our Fridges
- Volunteering for a few hours a week
- Following us on social media
- or buy a ticket in the Mole Valley Community Lottery and choose us as your cause
Help us save the planet!
We've won an Award!Mid Surrey Community Fridges has received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
We are so excited to share with you that we have been awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service! This is the MBE for charitable organisations! It’s the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
We would like to thank our amazing volunteers because without them this would not have been possible.
Local volunteers that give up some time each week are crucial to keep the Community Fridges open.
All volunteers are fully-trained, including manual handling and a Level 2 Food Handling Course. This is a basic food hygiene course with approved certificate, which ensures that anyone working in an environment where food is cooked, prepared or handled complies fully with current UK legislation. Click here to volunteer!
The food is surplus. People give us food from their allotments and larders. We also get it from farms, supermarkets, wholesalers, restaurants, manufacturers and other ad hoc suppliers such as airlines. Often we get food because it is unsold at the end of the day, but also it may be an end of line or end of promotion item. We work closely with a charity called FareShare which distributes food to organisations nationwide and the Felix Project in South London.
All the food is before or on its ‘use by’ date or within the government guidelines regarding its ‘best before’ date.
To find out more about the businesses and organisations that support us, please click here. We are particularly indebted to the organisations that host our fridges: The Dorking Christian Centre, The Harvest Community Church and Leatherhead Community Hub.
We are currently looking for businesses to sponsor our Community Fridges. Please visit our Donate page to find out more about how you can work with us to stop food waste. We will actively work with you to promote your sponsorship.