The community fridge which has 60 families queuing for food. In the face of escalating living costs, a community fridge in St Austell has increased the number of households it serves with fresh food supplies. Carolyn Boyce, the founder of Remake Cornwall, says everyone has each other’s backs, but their costs are piling up as well.
The most expensive part of the bill currently comes from running the refrigerators, which are growing and doubling.
“Electricity was £50 per month when we originally opened here 18 months ago. We’re on £250 this month, and I recently got a letter announcing that both our unit charges and daily costs would treble on March 1st.”
Every day, volunteers from Remake Cornwall gather food that has not been sold in shops and redistribute it to the community four times a week.
When it first began in the summer of 2020, the organization assisted about 15 families; currently, it distributes up to 60 boxes every day, and people begin to line up around the facility up to an hour before it opens.
The community fridge which has 60 families queuing for food in Cornwall
Remake Cornwall sent over 1,200 food boxes in January and February, but its volunteers claim they now need to ask for a £1 payment to meet the organization’s ever-increasing operating costs.
Carolyn says she needs more aid to save expenses, so she’s asking people to donate to an ongoing crowdfunder campaign to acquire more energy-efficient refrigerators freezers.
Graham frequently uses the fridge since he claims that his £140 winter warmer payments would only last him “two-three weeks” and that in the future “that’s not even going to scratch the surface.”
Nicola Barrett is a Disney Cruises children’s entertainer, but she adds that because employment is still not back to normal, “saving money is like the greatest thing at the moment for me.”
Adrian Barnard claims that he utilizes the communal fridge to eat food that would otherwise go to waste and saves “between £50-£100 a month” over stores.
Remake Cornwall delivers food kits to a small group of individuals in return for a larger gift.
Kelly Quinn can’t drive since she only has one hand, and her husband has additional health issues that prevent him from working right now.
She claims that getting these deliveries means “the kids can eat” and relieves the stress of paying the heating costs.
“The expense of living is extremely exorbitant. I mean, we have these storage heaters that we simply cannot afford to have turned on. So we have tiny plug-in heaters that we put in each room where we are at any given moment to provide some heat in the home.”
What exactly is a community fridge?
A communal fridge’s major goal is sustainability; they exist to prevent unsold food from being thrown away.
A community fridge contains largely fresh vegetables, as opposed to a food bank or community larder, which often provides food that can be preserved for a long period.
Every evening, Remake Cornwall gathers and redistributes unsold food from stores.
They freeze everything that can be kept for a longer period of time and re-label the items with their new use-by dates.
Furthermore, unlike a food bank, there is no requirement to present a recommendation letter or submit information to demonstrate your need.