A new community-led initiative is being launched in Ryedale which aims to tackle the issue of waste food. The Ryedale Free Fridge is being developed to enable residents and businesses to share surplus food.  Anyone who wants to will be able to help themselves to quality food that would otherwise be wasted. 

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 is avoidable and could have been eaten had it been better managed. 

Lindsay Wrightson from Ryedale Free Fridge says "We are launching the Fridge, which will be the first of its kind in North Yorkshire, and will put Malton on the map as a concerned food capital, addressing food waste while supporting those who need food."

"We aim to have a fridge located in both Malton and Norton - the Malton Methodist Church in Saville Street has kindly agreed for the Malton fridge to be located in the church though a venue for the Norton fridge is yet to be secured". 

Anyone wishing to get involved with the Ryedale Free Fridge should contact the group via their Facebook page Ryedale Free Fridge

(Photograph shows members of the Ryedale Free Fridge group on the steps of Malton Methodist Church).