Llanfyllin’s community fridge project is nearly ready to launch and has a new name – Community Pantri Cymunedol – reflecting its wider potential.
Organisers have been purchasing a fridge and freezer, finalising paperwork and developing a brand for the project which received £4000 of funding from the charity Hubbub.
The Pantri will be based at the Cross Keys and managed by Shan and Darren Mayor’s team with BRACE volunteers.
Mrs Mayor said: “This is really exciting. It naturally builds on what we were already doing with the Nosh da pay-as-you-feel community lunches. We can see this being a real gathering place for people to come together to share food.”
The idea behind community fridges is to save food waste through donations of products near their expiry date – from businesses, from householders or from holiday makers who don’t want to take food home with them at the end of their stay – and make them available for free to everyone to help themselves.
BRACE Chair Alison Alexander said: “The idea is a simple one but the mechanics of making it all happen and – crucially – making sure you always have a clean fridge full of fresh produce is not straightforward. The Cross Keys is going to be a great hub for this project because they are used to maintaining excellent food hygiene and the Nosh da meals can make use of excess produce. It’s a natural fit.”
The Pantri is launching over the next two months and is looking for volunteers – if you’d like to help out please email the BRACE committee: