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Amy opens Fridge to cut food waste and feed families

Date: 25 June 2021 to 31 December 2098

An East Sussex nurse is supporting her local community with an innovative initiative to reduce food waste and provide food to families in Uckfield. 

Amy Fieldhouse (pictured), a health visitor at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, the largest provider of NHS community services in Sussex, is one of four directors behind Uckfield Community Fridge, a community interest company (CIC) set up to enable residents and businesses to donate food past its sell-by date - but not its use-by date - to anyone in the area. 

The CIC has bought a shipping container to house the fridge and hopes to open it later this summer on land provided by Uckfield Town Council. 

But first it must raise £2,500 for a builder to make the final preparations. 

Supporters have so far donated £1,000 – £1,500 short of the total needed. 

Amy is determined to hit the fundraising target so she can help address food waste, which has a negative impact on the environment, and support local families who are struggling to put food on the table. 

“We have been liaising with local supermarkets regarding food donations and they have informed us of the desperate situation they have found people in, sometimes raiding supermarket bins for free food,” she said. 

“On a local social media group we have also been aware of mothers pleading for help from strangers to pay for their children’s dinner – and these are just the people desperate enough to share their plight.” 

The 34-year-old, who used to work in residential school nursing at Chailey and who has recently been completing shifts at the COVID-19 vaccination centre in Brighton, hopes people in her community will donate. 

“I love the fact this initiative helps people from a food poverty angle but is about reducing food waste and thinking about our environmental impact too, rather than labelling someone as ‘in need’. 

“It is a sustainable solution and builds a sense of community - a safe place to be and engage, without being moved on or asked for money; recipes can be swapped, conversations had, and isolation and loneliness reduced, with a sense of belonging through volunteering.” 

To donate to the Fridge, please click here.