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Community Larder

The new initiative to host a community larder in the centre was brought to us by local resident Karran Prince. The larder was opened in early 2022, and is available to anyone, in a bid to prevent food waste.

Karran says "In the pre-Covid days when we could freely go away on our holidays, I always cleaned my fridge out before leaving, to save returning to mouldy, out of date food. I always tried to give the food to friends and family but invariably some would always end up in the bin. Which annoyed me, a lot! So, I thought there must be somewhere it could go, somewhere where it could be used and that’s when the idea of a community fridge came into my head. There was nothing like this in Leigh, so I approached the Town Council about the idea and they were very enthusiastic, but then Covid hit and the planning came to a halt. But two years on thanks to LTC and Veolia (who very kindly sponsored the fridge using their sustainability fund) the community fridge was born!" 

The idea is very simple, you can pop in food that you no longer need and someone can take it, to make their dinner that night. The UK produces around 9.5 million tonnes of food waste per year which is actually an improvement on previous years, but there’s still masses of scope to do better, which you can do by using this facility. The fridge is located in the foyer of Leigh Community Centre and can be accessed any time the Centre is open.

If you have food to donate, please check the lists below for what we can and can't accept. 

 

 

 

Accepted Foods

  • Sealed packaged food 
  • Cheese
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables 
  • Table sauces
  • Pastry
  • Unopened pasteurised/UHT milk or yogurt
  • Unopened fruit juice
  • Salad
  • Fresh eggs (with a traceable lion stamp and within date) 
  • Bread and bakery items
  • Cooking sauces and oils 
  • Honey, jams, jellies and preserves
  • Sealed fermented or pickled items (e.g. gherkins, beetroot etc)

Foods not accepted 

  • Home cooked meals 
  • Unpasteurised milk
  • Cooked rice
  • Raw milk cheeses
  • Raw meat or seafood
  • Pates
  • Bean sprouts
  • Any products containing the above
  • Unlabelled multiple ingredient items
  • Alcohol
  • Products containing alcohol
  • Any food that was previously frozen
  • Energy drinks