The Botley fridge is open again
The Botley community fridge is a small fridge with a big heart. Anyone can put food into it, and anyone can take food out. Its main aim is to reduce food waste. The shelving next to it holds nonperishables, and its main aim is to feed people in need.
Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, 81 West Way, Botley OX2 9JY
Priority for people in need
Individuals can put in fruit, vegetables, bread/pastry and non-perishables. Registered food businesses can also put in cooked food. No raw meat/fish, eggs, cooked rice, or food past its ‘use by’ date please! Good quality food past its ‘best before’ date is fine.
Due to coronavirus, some additional rules are in place:
- Please do not come near the fridge if you have coronavirus symptoms: high temperature, new continuous cough, loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
- Only one person at a time in the glassed-in lobby that houses the fridge, and no children
- People MUST use hand sanitiser before touching any food, and must write down their contact details for track-and-trace purposes
- When you are finished, please leave the church and parking area promptly.
Volunteers will also be cleaning more regularly with Milton fluid, which kills viruses as well as bacteria.
The Botley community fridge can also deliver food parcels (one-off/emergency or weekly) to people from OX1 and OX2 who need the food – please fill in this form if you need one. We also deliver food three times per week to people experiencing homelessness.
- If you’d like to take food
- If you know someone who could use food
- If you’d like to donate food as an individual
- If you’d like to donate food as a registered food business
- If you may want to volunteer (see below)
Thank you to the Sprout, the Coop and Rowse for funding; and to Tesco and Sainsbury’s for providing food. The Botley community fridge is managed by a wonderful group of volunteers who check it on a daily basis.
Riki would be happy to talk to you if you are thinking of setting up your own community fridge:
“Thank you so much for your lovely email and helpful attachments… I’m delighted (and excited) to confirm that the members agreed to run with the community fridge project… Speaking to yourself and Clare made all the difference and it certainly helped me to be able to share your advice and experiences… thanks again for your help. Ali. Oakridge Baptist Church, High Wycombe.”
Contact Riki at 07759 135811 or email@example.com
Please see the ‘Botley community fridge’ blog on the right for the story of the fridge so far.