The Wesley Centre is proud to be the home of the Ryedale Free Fridge project.

This is a community-led initiative launched to tackle the issue of waste food in Malton and Norton. The Ryedale Free Fridge is here to enable residents and businesses to share surplus food.  Anyone who wants to can help themselves to quality food that would otherwise have to be thrown away. 

The Fridge is located at The Wesley Centre and fits with our vision for using the large building as a Community Hub for everyone. The Fridge opens Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday to enable residents and businesses to share surplus food and for anyone to help themselves to quality food which retailers can no longer sell even though it is still suitable to eat.

Food waste is a big issue in the UK. The average household throws away £700 worth of food every year and at the same time 4 million people in the UK are living in food poverty. Most food waste in the UK is avoidable and could have been eaten had it been better managed.

Lindsay Wrightson from Ryedale Free Fridge says, "The Fridge which was the first of its kind in North Yorkshire has put Malton on the map as a concerned food capital, addressing food waste while supporting those who need food."

"We now have fridges located in both Malton and Norton – and it’s wonderful that The Wesley Centre has generously agreed to host the Malton Fridge". 

Lindsay goes on to say: “The Fridge always needs volunteers who are able to give 2-3 hours per week of their time to either help to maintain the fridge or collect the donations of food. Full training will be given in food safety. For those who are not able to give time perhaps they may consider making a donation to the project instead.”

The Malton and Norton Lions are supporting the development of the fridge and have contributed to the purchase of the fridge. Steve Sidaway of the Lions says, “We are really pleased to support this outstanding idea which will help reduce food waste and make a great difference to those in food poverty.”

To find out more about the Ryedale Free Fridge, donate or volunteer telephone: 07931 202779, email: [email protected] or Facebook at Ryedale Free Fridge.