Wrocław installs ‘Community Fridge’ to combat food waste

The fridge, part of the city’s ‘Wrocław doesn’t waste’ campaign, will be a place of food exchanges for local residents where they can leave surplus food. Foodsharing Wrocław

Wroclaw has teamed up with community NGO ‘Foodsharing Wrocław’ to launch a new community fridge in the city centre which will allow people to ‘food swap’.

The fridge, part of the city’s ‘Wrocław doesn’t waste’ campaign, will be a place of food exchanges for local residents where they can leave surplus food. 

The communal fridge on Hubska street will be the 10th ‘Jadłodzielnia’ created by the initiative and the second to be unveiled this month.Foodsharing Wrocław

Agnieszka Maniewska from ‘Foodsharing Wrocław’ said: “You can come here and bring food you have too much of, and also help yourself with what others have left.”

‘Foodsharing Wrocław’ was first launched in 2016, on the basis of German ‘fairtieler’ as a response to the growing problem of food waste.

Wrocław has teamed up with community NGO ‘Foodsharing Wrocław’ to launch a new community fridge in the city centre which will allow people to ‘food swap’.Foodsharing Wrocław

Since then the community initiative has worked with a range of partners in Wrocław to create points of food exchange called ‘Jadłodzielnie’ or ‘Foodsharing stops’.

In addition to locals dropping off their unwanted food, volunteer food rescuers working with ‘Foodsharing Wrocław’ collect unsold food left over from markets, bakeries and restaurants and place them in Jadłodzielnias.

Several dozen food rescue volunteers can save around half a tonne of food a week.

Several dozen food rescue volunteers can save around half a tonne of food a week.Foodsharing Wrocław

Katarzyna Szymczak-Pomianowska, director of the Department of Sustainable Development for the City of Wrocław said: “This is a further initiative in line with our ‘Wroclaw doesn’t waste’ campaign.

“We are encouraging Wrocław residents to change their daily habits and to use what they already have.

“In the case of clothes, books or old toys you can give them a second life and share them with others. It’s similar in the case of food.”

The community initiative has worked with a range of partners in Wrocław to create points of food exchange called ‘Jadłodzielnie’ or ‘Foodsharing stops’.Foodsharing Wrocław

The communal fridge on Hubska street will be the 10th ‘Jadłodzielnia’ created by the initiative and the second to be unveiled this month.