People in Hampden Park are now able to access affordable, healthy food that was otherwise headed for landfill thanks to a new Community Fridge and Pantry project that has opened at Willingdon Trees Community Centre.

The Willingdon Trees Community Fridge and Panty is a place where anyone can donate or take surplus food, helping to reduce the amount of perfectly good food going to waste whilst providing low-cost food for everyone.     

Members of the community and local food businesses are welcome to donate.  If you are a business who has food leftover at the end of the day, donating it to the Community Fridge provides an opportunity for your business to make a positive social impact, support the local community and work towards your business becoming zero waste.

The Community Fridge was officially opened by Deputy Mayor Cllr Candy Vaughan on Thursday 9th February at an event that was attended by key supporters of the project – Places for People, Eastbourne Borough Council, the Eastbourne Food Partnership and Fairshare – plus members of the public and the staff and volunteer team at the Community Centre that run the Fridge.

Senior Development Worker, Lisa Playford, said “We’re delighted to be able to open the Willingdon Trees Community Fridge and Pantry to help our community share food, avoid waste and have access to affordable healthy food.  Thank you to our funders and supporters and to our fantastic team of volunteers for making this worthwhile project possible”.

The Community Fridge and Pantry is open from Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm and everyone is welcome to donate and take surplus food.  There is a suggested donation of £2 for up to 10 items, but this is on a ‘pay if you can afford’ basis.

For more information, please come along to the Willingdon Trees Community Centre, or you can call them on 01323 504438 or contact them by email on eastbourne@sussexcommunity.org.uk.

The Community Centre opened in 2001 and is run by a small charity, The Trees Community Association Ltd.  It is the aim of the charity to run the Centre as a community asset for the benefit of people living within the Willingdon Trees neighbourhood and the surrounding areas of Eastbourne. 

 The Centre has been developed in a thriving and vibrant community hub, offering:

  • a space for affordable community hire
  • a venue for essential advice and support services
  • free to access social groups
  • opportunities for learning and volunteering
  • an inclusive and friendly environment

The Centre is run by three part-time staff members and a team of fantastic volunteers.

Since 2016 the TCA has been working in partnership with Sussex Community Development Association to manage and develop the Community Centre.  More information about TCA and SCDA and how they make a difference in our community can be found on their websites:

https://willingdontrees.org.uk/  http://sussexcommunity.org.uk/