Community fridge set up
Acommunity fridge will be established in the Whanganui City College grounds, with the aim of providing food for people in need and reducing food waste. community fridge is a place where people and businesses can donate their surplus food and those in need can help themselves to free nutritious food. The Whanganui Community Fridge project is being co-ordinated by Whanganui Regional Health Network (WRHN), based on similar projects in Auckland and Christchurch. WRHN project lead Karen Veldhoen said they had been planning the project for more than two years, with challenges of location, funding, Covid-19 impacts and resource access. It had been endorsed by the Whanganui District Council and Covid-19 Integrated Recovery Team, she said. The project has received funding from the Ministry of Social Development, the Lottery Grants Board, the Rotary Club of Wanganui North, Whanganui Community Charitable Trust and GOME Enterprises, and two large refrigerators are being donated by Fisher & Paykel. “WCC grounds is an ideal central location for the community fridge and the students are excited to be part of this project,” Veldhoen said. “With their community garden already under way and an opportunity to pass on any left-over lunches from the healthy school lunches programme, the fridge will enable food redistribution and help prevent waste.” Students and volunteers will maintain the community fridge. It is hoped to keep it open seven days a week, but it will be closed overnight. People who want to be involved in the daily fridge maintenance can register their interest with the Whanganui Volunteer Centre on (06) 347 9430. More information is available from Karen Veldhoen on (06) 348 0109 extn 708.