40Tons distributed

The community fridge and foodbank have today reaches the 40 Ton mark of food given out!
This food would have otherwise been destined for composting or landfill

Congratulations to all our volunteers who collect and distribute this food to people in need in the community and also those of you who like us want to reduce food waste.


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This lorry weighs 40 ton

Bamboo toothbrushes donated by @fromearthtoearth

A massive thank you to From Earth To Earth for the box of bamboo toothbrushes which will be sent out tomorrow with the foodbank boxes. Even though our clients are facing hard times they still would like to do their bit for the environment. We are happy to be able to be able to do this by giving out food that would otherwise be destined for incineration or land fill but also by giving them items like these toothbrushes kindly donated today but also sustainable ladies sanitary products.

So THANK YOU to everyone who are helping us to help others.

Co-op Community Fund


We need your help, there is currently just over Β£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.

Coop Membership

Forest Row Community Fridge Food Bank

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.

Thank you for your support.

Sue, Jo & Ros your community fridge team.

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.