Let's bring community fridges to Bristol this spring

Let's bring community fridges to Bristol this spring

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The Catalyst started this petition to Bristol City Council

Last year, according to the JSNA 2020/2021 report on food poverty, over 3,000 households in Bristol suffered from severe food insecurity and 10,000 experienced moderate to severe food insecurity. An estimated 2,000 of these were unable to obtain sufficient food simply due to a lack of resources. 

While we commend the efforts of the many food aid organizations around Bristol working tirelessly to reduce this number, when there are still thousands of families (over 5% of the city!) unable to access the resources they need to stay healthy, we believe this calls for innovation in the form of all-new measures.

As a starting point, we propose the implementation of several “community fridges" outside around the city where food insecurity is at its highest. Part of a worldwide movement, these operate under the premise of community trust and donations from local restaurants, businesses, sponsor organizations, and public volunteers. Since the fridges are anonymous food sources available 24/7, they will support anyone who existing services tend to miss — the population who may be unwilling to actively seek out resources due to perceived social stigma or worries they wouldn’t qualify. 

We ask for your support in signing this petition to prove that there is a significant call to disrupt the status quo of Bristol food insecurity. This will hopefully help us move one step closer toward making these fridges a reality this spring. As a student-led organization, we are now in the process of establishing a wider planning committee comprising a blend of neighborhood members, university students, and field experts. If you’re interested in joining, thanks so much and we look forward to working with you! Please check out our website: thecatalyst.uk for a full list of FAQs, our tentative timeline, and how to get involved. 

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