School chain launches ‘community fridges’ with leftover food to help hungry families and cut waste

A group of primary schools has started offering “community fridges” to help get food to struggling families and cut waste. Reach2, which is the biggest primary school academy chain in England, has said it will leave food from its catering department at the end of service in fridges around its schools in a bid to combat childhood hunger. iNews reports.

The fridges will be available to families on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and are discreetly placed on the school site to avoid stigma.

Sir Steve Lancashire, the chief executive of Reach2, said: “Every week school kitchens have to discard food due to ‘Best Before’ dates, limited ‘Use By’ dates or simply because it is the weekend.

“This is food that if it were within a family home would be perfectly fine to use for family meals.”

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