Waste not, want not – Community Fridge for surplus food

Do you hate wasting food? Do your fruit trees or gardens supply more than you can eat? Avondale’s Community Fridge & Pantry is open most days to relieve you of your food waste remorse.

Volunteer, Anne Riley, drives the fridge and pantry with the help of other volunteers. Once a long-term Avondale resident, Anne now travels from home in a neighbouring suburb twice a day to ensure the fridge is clean and its food products up to par.

Opened a year ago, the fridge has proven to be a well-patronised community facility. Community groups, families and individuals, covering a range of ethnicities and age brackets, help themselves as well as contribute to the food and there are some referrals from food banks. Anne has approached several local businesses who also very generously donate leftovers at day end.

The Fridge & Pantry runs from the Avondale Community Centre at 99 Rosebank Road, open 9am – 4.30pm Monday-Friday. All good food is welcome – packaged or canned goods, fruit and veg. If donating perishables, such as eggs, it’s a good idea to label with dates.

There’s no questions asked at Avondale Community Fridge and Pantry, no ID required, and no need to be whakamā – if you are in need, rock on up; if you have spare food, rock on up.

This is a fantastic community initiative and a win-win for all.