We need your help, there is currently just over £1200 worth of community funding unallocated from the Co-op, please help us to help families, the elderly and people in need in the community by downloading the co-op membership app and selecting Forest Row Community Fridge as your charity. Every time you swipe your loyalty card at the till, you get money added to your card and we also will get a percentage of your total shop.
Please get as many people as possible to do the same as we really do need all the help we can get to keep this vital service going.
Are you faced with deciding on paying your bills or buying food?
Do you live in Forest Row, Ashurst Wood, or Sharpthorne? If so we can help…
Please call Sue on 07745576023 to talk about how the Community Fridge Food Bank can help you at this time.
If you would like to donate to the Fridges Food Bank we need the following items:
Coleman’s packet casserole mixes, multi packs of crisps, tinned meat, tinned pies and puddings, tinned sweetcorn, baked beans, tinned spaghetti, chicken tonight sauces in jars, healthy nut free snacks for children’s lunch boxes, dog food in tins, dog treats, shampoo, shower gel, non bio washing powder, toilet rolls, bleach and anti bacterial surface cleaner. If you would like to donate any of these items please call Sue on 07745576023 or alternatively purchase the items in the Co-op Forest Row and leave with the staff at the counter who will pass them onto the Community Fridge later on in the day.
Please remember to download the Co-op app and add the Community Fridge as your charity and co-op will then give the fridge a donation later in the year.
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
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 👏🎄
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 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄
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.
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
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
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.
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 email@example.com or via the contact form.
We are currently open to guests, please check our opening times for more information.
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 £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.