The Muslim community in Banbury is inviting local people to the launch of a new initiative that aims to feed families and reduce food waste.
With funding from Hello Fresh and support from Sanctuary Housing, Banbury Community Fridge, situated at the Mosque on Merton Street, will throw open its doors to the public for its grand opening on Tuesday 30 October from 10am to 11am.
Following the success of similar projects nationally, the fridge is the first of its kind to open in Banbury and will provide a facility for the community to access food supplies that would otherwise go to waste.
Locals, primarily those in need, can collect provisions such as pastries, bread, fruit, spices and vegetables nearing their sell by date for free.
According to research, the average UK family wastes £810 a year by throwing away food and drink, and £3 billion is wasted by food sectors.
Yasmin Kaduji, from the Mosque, said: “Despite a growing awareness of food waste, we identified very limited options for those wanting to share surplus food in Banbury.
“We hope this will be the solution we need.”
Charlie Heritage, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, added: “We are proud to support this community-led project, which is of great importance at a time when some people and their families are faced with the prospect of going hungry.”
Whilst the Mosque is calling on people of Banbury to support them and spread the word, they are only able to accept donations from food suppliers at present.
Organisers welcome anybody who wants to volunteer or find out more to attend the launch event, which will take place at The Mosque, Merton Street, OX16 4RX.
For more information, please call Yasmin Kaduji on 07878 312073 or Haleema on 07469 924136.
This project is associated with Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.