We are very proud and excited that the Leytonstone Community Fridge has been installed last weekend. You can find the colourful structure outside Cafe de Montmartre on 34 Church Lane, Leytonstone, E11 1HG.
Like the others, the fridge will act as a storage and distribution point for fresh food that would otherwise be wasted; coming mainly from local food businesses such as cafés, restaurants, bakeries and corner shops, as well as larger chains such as Sainsbury's. Anyone can use a community fridge facility: nobody is means tested. People can take what they need. The fridge is part of the national community fridge network by Hubbub.
We have been approach by Transition Leytonstone to design a structure that not only houses the fridge itself but also provides storage and space to allow for a smooth running of the community fridge. We successfully applied for planning permission so that the fridge can be put outside the cafe, meaning that people can easily access the fridge and take what they need. The design uses sustainable materials and finishes that are long-lasting; such as the cladding which is made of Accoya - which is modified timber in which a process called acetylation, a cutting-edge patented technology, enables it to resist rot, defy the elements and stay strong for decades. The fridge structure has been beautifully constructed by Thibault Lumpp.
To keep the fridge open every day for 3 hours (12pm-3pm), it will need to be restocked and cleaned regularly, so Transition Leytonstone are looking for approximately 20 volunteer helpers who will receive training in the fridge operating procedure: nobody would be expected to help for more than one session every fortnight. Recruitment chats will be hosted regularly at the Café de Montmartre, so if you're interested in learning more, please email Diana.