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Community / Community food fridge opens in Scalloway

A COMMUNITY food ‘fridge’ has opened in Scalloway to help people during the cost of living crisis.

People are welcome to take food for free as well as donate items, although there are rules behind what can be handed in.

As well as food there are items like nappies and baby wipes.

It is located within the shared entrance to the Scalloway Health Centre and the Hame Fae Hame nursery.

The hope is that if it is a success then other similar initiatives could open in Shetland.

There is a list of what cannot be donated, and this includes food that people have made themselves.

On Tuesday morning some of the items in the well-stocked fridge/larder included cereal, butter, soup, pasta and teabags – as well as some neeps.

The project has been launched thanks to external funding provided to Shetland Islands Council.

The local authority’s catering team leader Neil Beattie said a Facebook page will be set up soon to publicise it further and keep folk up to date.

He explained that items of food have come through food waste charity Fareshare, while some of the funding has been used to top things up.

“The real hope is that we [the council] don’t have to do anything to do with it – we just help to set them up, and then the community will look after it,” Beattie said. “Hopefully it will be used and folk who need it can get a bit of help.”

There is also free food available at the council’s cost of living hub at St Ringan’s in Lerwick.

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