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NHS staff given food from closed Bucks businesses

Chesham Community Fridge have been overwhelmed by the donations.

Published by Dan Gooding at 4:00pm 4th April 2020. 2-minute read.

NHS staff given food from closed Bucks businesses

A community fridge project in Chesham have been overwhelmed with donations over the past week.

Chesham Community Fridge have seen food pour in from local businesses who been forced to shut their doors due to coronavirus.

The food has been distributed to NHS staff at local hospitals and to our local community. 

Chesham Community Fridge corona donations
Bagging up the food

Before it closed last week, TK Maxx in Hemel Hempstead donated over a tonne of luxury food items to the Fridge.

They have also had donations from Minor, Weir and Willis, who gave them fruit that had been due to go to local schools, pasta and olives from Ask Italian in Berkhamsted, eggs from local bakeries and cafes, food from Piper's Corner School that was bought for now-abandoned cookery exams, as well as regular donations from Tesco, M&S, Waitrose, Sainsbury's and the Felix Project.

Chesham Community Fridge corona donations
Minor, Weir and Willis donate fruit

Local businessman Gary Grant of The Entertainer toy shop donated 4,000 carrier bags to help the Fridge to distribute this food.

The team have also given bags of food to staff at Watford, Amersham, High Wycombe, Hemel Hempstead and Stoke Mandeville hospitals.

Food has also been taken to people who are self-isolating or vulnerable.

Chesham Community Fridge corona donations
Some of the TKMaxx donations

The Community Fridge is not a food bank, but aims to redistribute perfectly edible food that would otherwise end up in landfill.

The food they receive is available to anyone.

It is open for four hours a week, on Weds and Sat morning. 

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