The Hubbub Foundation, in partnership with Starbuck’s, is making funding available to develop their network of community fridges into food hubs.
Up to 50 community fridge groups will benefit from grants of £7,000 to deliver new activities relating to cooking, growing, budgeting, and using surplus food that fit into one of four themes:
- 1) Skills: to give the community a chance to learn about sustainable, affordable, and heathy living through workshops, events, cookbooks, or how-to-guides.
- 2) Affordable food: to help increase access to local and affordable food through food cooperatives, food box schemes or food markets.
- 3) Community connection: to help communities to come together around shared food through community meals, coffee and chats, activities for young people, and recipe sharing.
- 4) Growing: to support community growing and increase the amount of food grown and shared locally through community gardens, greening projects and seed or plant sharing.
The funding is available for members of Hubbub’s Community Fridge Network – a support network for groups running fridges across the UK to share knowledge, skills, and guidance. There are currently 300 fridges and counting across the network.
Applications for the grant are open until 31st May 2023. Further information about the grant scheme and the Community Fridge Network are available on the Hubbub website.