Day in the life of the Botley fridge

Three little fridge stories.

As Colin and Sally were checking the fridge today, a couple came to them and thanked them profusely.  They had only recently discovered the fridge, were struggling with paying the rent, and they said that they fridge is a lifesaver.

A woman who had used the ‘in need’ shelving in the past brought a carrier bag of tins and biscuits to Rev. Clare to put in the fridge, as a thank you.

Three hours ago I picked up 60 bags of carrots (30kg) from Tesco, rammed them into the fridge, and wrote a short Facebook post – not even including a photo – about it.  I’ve just checked the fridge and half of those carrots have gone to good homes:

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Money to buy FareShare food for the Leys community fridge

Thank you very much to Good Food Oxford for almost £400, a private donation of £250, and £1000 from the Doris Field charitable fund.  Together, they will allow us to buy FareShare food for the Leys community fridge.

FareShare pick up surplus food from wholesalers, unpack and pack it at their regional depots, and deliver it to their recipients.  They charge a bit under £100 per month to pay for their depot and transport.  In return, we will get 50kg of food per week delivered to the community fridge.

We are in the process of figuring out how best to dispense that food, i.e. whether directly through the fridge, or whether to set up a membership-based system where people can buy bags of FareShare food at discounted rates.  Watch this space.

But in the meanwhile, thank you again to the donors that are allowing this to take place.

Rowse cakes

Thank you to Rowse (and the magnificent Naomi in high vis) for a very full car of delicious, in date Italian cakes.  They all went to the Didcot and Abingdon food banks.  There were some hairy moments at the roundabouts when the cakes went flying from the back to the front, but all’s well etc.

Naomi at Rowse