The fridge is getting food twice a week from Tesco/FareShare, and we hope to start getting deliveries from the Coop soon. The paperwork is all going well, although (unsurprisingly) a lot of the food that is taken isn’t recorded. It’s no real problem unless we have to recall an item. The volunteer team that keeps the fridge clean is wonderful.
The good news is that the fridge is catering to at least ten people ‘in need’, including rough sleepers, people on benefits, and people who have taken the bus just to get food from the fridge. Also Rev Sykes had the idea of including a board with information about where people can get other forms of assistance, plus some print-outs of the same. So far, four of the print-outs have been taken. This shows that, even in a relatively well-off area like West Oxford, people are struggling to get by.
Finally, we have been contacted by several other groups who are thinking of setting up community fridges. We have sent them all our health and safety information, have talked to them about what has worked (and what hasn’t) in Botley, and we wish them all the best with their fridges.