Food waste is a hugely important topic for people all over the country and the world. Malton is an acknowledged ‘foodie town’ with many restaurants, cafes, delis, market stalls and food festivals; Norton also has its share of outlets preparing delicious homemade food daily.
Data shows that working people in Ryedale earn the least and claim the least in benefits across North Yorkshire and Ryedale Food Bank has been busy distributing dried, tinned and packaged foodstuffs meaning that there is a great need for support for families and all ages.
Last year a group of local people came together seeking to create a ‘Food Circle’ and decrease food waste by passing on any unsaleable, but edible, foods whilst also meeting a need for food in the area. In December, Ryedale Free Fridge was opened at the Wesley Centre, Saville Street, Malton.
The fridge has now been open 8 weeks and has had over 800kg of food donated. The team would love to make this a metric tonne by the end of February! This week the team are delighted to have local supermarkets Morrisons and Asda involved in the scheme and are very grateful for the contribution of the many other smaller local businesses who are taking part.
So far, over 600 local people have come to use the fridge. You do not need a referral, it is for anyone to use. If you can afford to do so, you can leave a donation, if not, there is no need.
Ryedale Free Fridge is part of the Community Fridge Network and this was the 40th fridge to open. With the 50th fridge opening last week it is a quickly growing network.
The team are looking for volunteers to help man the fridge so if you can spare a couple of hours a week, please get in touch.