Food waste really pisses me off. How can a system be so flawed that so many people go hungry while big corporations just chuck away perfectly good food every day? In fact, restaurants throw away 900,000 tonnes of food a year and UK households throw away on average an equivalent of 24 edible meals a month. SO STUPID. So I love reading about initiatives that aim to fix this.
Powered entirely by a crowdfunding campaign, London’s first community fridge launched in Brixton today. The People’s Fridge is a public fridge where local businesses and residents can leave spare, edible food for those who need it. It is run by a group of local volunteers and aims to cut food waste, encourage food sharing and help tackle food poverty.
Open to anyone, The People’s Fridge is situated in the heart of Brixton inside foodie hotspot Pop Brixton, whose traders have agreed to help stock and clean the fridge each day. It offers a secure, managed place for retailers, restaurants and individuals to share fresh food with those who need it. Anyone can donate food or take it out and its presence provides a visible focus for cutting food waste and helps boost the sharing economy in London.
Read more about it here
Photography by Sebastian Wood
From left to right the people are: Ben Longman, Olivia Haughton, Rebecca Trevalyan and Sebastian Wood.