10 Dec 2019
The British Dietetic Association’s Let’s Get Cooking initiative has today launched its first community fridge at the New Brighton Baptist Church in Wallasey. Local people will be able to contribute left over or excess fruit, veg and other food which will be free for anyone to take.
The new facility has been set up as part of the wider ‘Let’s Get Saving in Merseyside’ project which is designed to help Merseysiders reduce their food waste. Let’s Get Saving has been funded thanks to a £25,000 grant from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) Community Fund.
The new fridge will form a part of environmental charity Hubbub’s growing national network, which they have committed to doubling by the end of 2020. The fridges are maintained by local communities and each save on average half a tonne of food per month.
Let’s Get Cooking Project Manager Suzanne Mitchell said: “This is a great new resource that will help the local community reduce their food waste, and help those in need access fresh and healthy food.
“Government needs to do more to address these same issues. BDA is actively campaigning on reduce food waste as part of our One Blue Dot initiative and have called on all major parties to take urgent action to end food poverty and hunger.”
June Beddall, who managed the project for New Brighton Baptist Church said; “It’s a great opportunity for our church here in New Brighton to support the needs of the surrounding community. We hope this will be the first of many in Merseyside.”
Notes to editor
- Let's Get Cooking is a hands-on programme teaching everyone about food and how to cook healthy meals from scratch. We work with commissioners, schools, parents, companies and communities to support their vision to improve health through food and cooking. LGC is owned by the British Dietetic Association.
- The British Dietetic Association (BDA), founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with over 9,500 members.