We’ve launched a Community Fridge!

We’ve launched a Community Fridge!

We are excited to announce that we are opening a Community Fridge at our Sports Centre! This fridge will be open to our community for those that need a little extra help.

Co-op and environmental charity Hubbub announced a major new partnership to fast-track the expansion of community fridges across the UK. And we were lucky enough to be one of the first Community Fridges opened!

Our Headteacher Mr Quirk said “We are delighted to open our Community fridge which is open to support members of our community. We are really proud of the food donations from staff and students to get this started and the ongoing donations they will provide. In addition we are really pleased with the support from the Co-op and Hububb in supporting this community project.”

Community fridges are open to everyone in communities – without any need to be referred or having to prove eligibility – to share fresh food that would otherwise have gone to waste. The food is donated by businesses – with Co-op donating surplus food from its stores.

Steve Murrells, Co-op Group Chief Executive Officer, said: “Thanks to our members and customers, we’re delighted to be partnering with Hubbub on such an innovative scheme bringing communities together, empowering people towards community-led food solutions that will help to build community resilience.

“As a co-operative, we recognise our responsibility to make a genuine difference and have already made a number of interventions to help tackle food poverty and create fairer access to food, through our food share partnerships and our donations to Fareshare.

“However, our work in our local communities has shown us that to really make a sustainable difference we need to co-operate with others to build the resilience needed for the future.”

We also got a donation from Kajima to help us open this initiative. So we would like to thank them for their generous support!

For the launch we were joined by Steve Murrells, Hubbub and Co-op Academies Trust CEO Chris Tomlinson.

We look forward to fully opening the project and seeing our students get involved with a sustainable project. Developing their social and interpersonal skills, leadership skills and building their confidence.

We are also going to be having a uniform bank to redistribute and reuse uniform that is no longer required saving it from going to landfill.

Our Family Liaison Officer Joanne Farnworth is very excited for what this new venture means for the Academy and our Community “Co-op Academy Failsworth Community Fridge will be the hub of the community where families can access free food supporting the Marcus Rashford campaign to end food poverty. 

The Community Fridge working in partnership with Hubbub is also the perfect outlet to help reduce wastage from the supermarkets and redistribute this food to the community.  This will also be the outlet for our uniform exchange as we work towards becoming a Green Flag school to reduce the amount of unwanted uniform that ends up in landfill”

If you would like to get involved or donate some food please get in touch!