Rev Kevan Crane, Alexandra Kemp with volunteer Lisa Calvert and her daughter and volunteer Maxine Hallet. Picture: Matthew Usher

A community fridge has opened in South Lynn.

The first to open in the town, the donated surplus food project is part of a growing network of community fridges across the UK.

It was opened on Wednesday at the Baptist Church in Wisbech Road in conjunction with Norfolk Waste Partnership and the charity, Hubbub.

An average household is said to throw away £470 worth of food each year and community fridges are a way of helping to stop good food from ending up in the bin.

Rev Kevan Crane, of King’s Lynn Baptist Church, said surplus food is provided by local businesses and the public and is then available for people to collect as needed.

“It is good to see King’s Lynn joining the network of community fridges. We have been encouraged by the support given by local businesses, including Morrisons supermarket, as it seeks to manage its food waste by donating food  to our project.

“Anyone can put in or take from the fridge. Initially, the South Lynn Community Fridge will be open when the Cornerstone Cafe is open, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9am to 4pm and Thursday from noon to 4pm.

“Volunteers will be available  to direct people on using the fridge. People can just turn up with items to donate such as sealed packaged food, cheeses, fresh fruit, fresh veg, table sauces, pastry, unopened pasteurised milk and yogurt, salads and unopened fruit juices.”

Rev Crane added access was on the Saddlebow Road side of the church. He thanked Norfolk county councillor Alexandra Kemp, who represents Clenchwarton and South Lynn, for donating her council members’ allowance increase to pay for the project.

Ms Kemp voted against the increase last year and decided to use the money to help others.