Thank You

We would like to say a massive thank you to the following people who made our christmas appeal possible:

All of the staff and customers at the
Co-op in Forest Row and Tom at Crawley Down

Narinder Bains & Lisa Friends WaitroseEast Grinstead

Aldi East Grinstead

Tablehurst Farm

Chrissie Johnson

Amber’s Buttons

Hannah and the parents Robins Nest Kindergarten Forest Row
Who not only donated beautiful gifts for the families and elderly but also took on the challenge yesterday to help an additional 25 families from Imberhorne school πŸ‘πŸŽ„

Peter Jo Jo Malkin who has worked tirelessly with our volunteers to collect the food donations and also packing the crates of food to go out each week.

Susie Kemp for the donation of Christmas trees and lights

And Forest Row Community for your generosity which has made it possible for our 29 households have a super Christmas.

Iaia who volunteers at Repair Cafe Forest Row

I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone but if I have Thank You

Merry Christmas everyone and we hope to open our doors once again in January 2021


We have gone past the 10 Ton milestone!

Since opening on the 15th February 2020 we have given out over 10tons of food to people in need in the community, we could not do this without the continued support of:
Co-op – Forest Row
Tesco – Forest Row
Waitrose – Crowborough & East Grinstead
Standen National Trust – East Grinstead
Philpots Farm – West Hoathly
Aldi – East Grinstead
Brambletye School
Ashdown House School
Impact – Mid Sussex
Lingfield School
Gatwick Airport

We would like to say a massive Thank You
to you all for helping us to help others.

Co-operative Community Funding

We are so pleased and would like to thank Forest Row Co-op for choosing our little fridge as one of their community groups to get funding next year, we really couldn’t do what we are without the support of our local supermarkets and businesses along with our wonderful volunteers…

If you would like to help us to help others in need please donate to our fund

Thank you for your support


Since opening our doors on the 15th February 2020 we have successfully redistributed over 7000kg of food to families in need within our community and beyond.

We really couldn’t do this without the support of our volunteers who are dedicated in our quest of preventing perfectly good food from going waste as well as our donors:

Co-op Forest Row, Waitrose and Partners Crowborough & East Grinstead, Aldi East Grinstead & Fareshare Sussex.

With all of their help we have been able to help others less fortunate during this pandemic and will continue to do so for as long as they need our support. If you know someone in Forest Row, Ashurst Wood, Sharpthorne or Hartfield who could benefit from some support please get in touch

Our new freezers and fridges

We are very happy to announce that we have been donated two new freezers and two new freezers. They are highly energy efficient, ensuring we reduce our overhead costs whilst ensuring high quality cooling for produce we collect and redistribute.

Our original fridges were very kindly donated to us by The Secret Cellar- Independent Wine Merchants. This kind donation of two glass fronted fridges allowed us to open in February. However, they were costly to run, and we are incredibly grateful to Repower Balcombe who researched and bought us two fridges and a freezer that will reduce our electricity bills and maintenance costs.

Additionally, due to incredibly high demand and high produce levels during covid-19 we needed an extra freezer and Sussex Police Community Fund very kindly donated the costs of a new matching freezer, meaning we now have two.

These are essential items for our community fridge and allow us to continue to redistribute surplus food items to the community, saving waste and helping those in need.

Sussex Community Foundation Funding

We are very happy to announce that we have received funding from the Sussex Community Foundation.

This funding is helped us to continue our safe deliveries service during the covid-19 crisis. They have provided us with funds for extra safety equipment, safety information, fuel for volunteers, rent and utilities support and also provided money to buy some essential supplies for our vulnerable community members that we did not receive in surplus food deliveries, such as deodorant and menstrual products.

We are very grateful for the Sussex Community Foundation Emergency Fund for aiding us to continue to bring vulnerable members of our community fresh, nutritious food.

If you would like support from The Forest Row Community Fridge please do not hestitate to contact us on or via the contact form.

We are currently open to guests, please check our opening times for more information.

A Big Thank You Waitrose & Partners East Grinstead

In February 2020 we opened our doors to the Community Fridge. To get to this stage, we had lots of help and support.

We want to say a big thank you to Waitrose & Partners in East Grinstead, who very kindly donated to us a bounty of vital cleaning supplies. Little did we know at the time, that not only would this supply of disinfectants and cleaning materials be vital to keeping the fridge clean in general but supported us with vital sanitising between deliveries during the pandemic.

Waitrose & Partners have also been integral food partners for us, and they regularly donate surplus fresh food to us.

In June, Waitrose and Partners East Grinstead also donated Β£330 to us, through their community matters programme. This donation goes a huge way to help us to continue our work. A huge thank you to Waitrose & Partners for the continued support.

Welcome to The Forest Row Community Fridge

Welcome to the Forest Row Community Fridge.

We are based in Forest Row, East Sussex. We redistribute surplus food items to the community to reduce food waste & tackle food poverty

Why is food waste a problem?

  • 6.6 million tonnes of food is thrown away every year in UK households (WRAP)
  •  All the world’s nearly one billion hungry people could be fed on less than a quarter of the food that is wasted in the US, UK and Europe (OLIO)

How does The Community Fridge work?

  • We collect surplus food from predominately from supermarkets, but also from homes, and redistribute within the community.
  • The Community Fridge is welcome to everyone.
  • Although the food is free we welcome donations that help pay for our running costs
  • We operate thanks to a great team of volunteers, of whom without we wouldn’t be able to redistribute healthy delicious food!
  • Although our doors are currently closed to visitors we are still operating deliveries. If you’d like support please email us or contact via the contact form on our homepage.

How can you help?

We’d love to welcome you into our team if you’d like to help. We need volunteers to pick up deliveries, to deliver food during the current changes and also volunteers to help with admin. If you’d like to get involved, please send us an email to

How are we funded?

We are currently funded through a few different sources.

We received a grant from Sussex Community Foundation to help cover volunteer and running costs.

We accept donations from our visitors who would like to pay for what they take. These voluntary donations go a long way to support our running costs.

We also accept sponsorships or support from local businesses.

Our sponsors:

Our first fridges were kindly donated by The Secret Cellar- Independent Wine Merchants, Forest Row- 01342 777785

Our new high efficiency fridges and one new freezer were REPOWER Balcombe =clean community energy=

New high efficiency freezer donated by Sussex Police

Signage donated by Don Istead, Vinyl Sign Writer, D&A Sign, Crowborough, 01892 655924

Materials donated by Covers Timber & Builders Merchants, Brighton 01273 607044 covers

Donation from Stone of Destiny- Stone masons, Colemans Hatch 01342 822269,

Electrical Instillation Donated by Wired Electrical Services- 01342 826615.

Shelving donated by Lily Grace Lingerie, Forest Row 01342 822122

Donation from C.P.J. Field, Ballard & Shortall, Forest Row, 01342 822120