Access to Free and Low Cost Food
As part of the Ecology Centre partnership with HUBBUB and the Co-Op, we host a Community Fridge within our main building.
Our Fridge works with Kinghorn and Dollar Road Co-Op Stores to reduce food waste from going to landfill. We collect 4 days per week, and people are welcome to visit the Fridge and take whatever you require. Helping those who need that wee bit of a hand but also helping the environment by Reducing Food Waste in our Local Community
The Community Fridge works on an honesty / Donation basis and is open to everyone
In 2021, HUBUB estimated that the Community Fridge Network redistributed around 3,150 tonnes of surplus food (the same as 7.5 million meals!*), and we welcomed over 1 million visits from 250,000 visitors.
With each fridge sharing an average of 2.1 tonnes of food per month, the collective impact of the Community Fridge Network is huge. What’s more important, though, are the stories we hear from communities. The fridges bring people together, address social isolation and provide people with the opportunity to access healthy food, try something new and save money.
In a nutshell, a fridge is often so much more than a fridge. As well as introducing you to new people and foods, Community Fridges host all kinds of activities such as cooking workshops, food growing, and clothes swaps... you name it.
What do we do with any surplus?
At the end of each day, if we have any surplus, we can pass this on to other organisations, including the Kirkcaldy Food Banks, a local family that rescues Rabbits and Guinea pigs, along with Kinghorn Life Boat. Anything else we compost on site is used around the site to support the planting and market garden. No food waste from the centre goes to landfill.
When are we open?
The Community Fridge is Fully Open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm.
Saturday and Sunday, if you ask a member of the cafe staff they will open the room for you as well
Jamie one of our Supported Volunteers mixing our compost all made on site