A Community Fridge has opened in Old Town, helping to tackle food waste and food poverty. Based in Victoria Baptist Church on Eldon Road (opposite Cavendish school), the Community Fridge takes food that might otherwise be wasted and provides it to the local community. For a suggested donation of £2, you can fill a basket with up to ten items.
Cllr Peter Diplock who worked with Eastbourne Food Partnership, Victoria Baptist Church and others to bring the fridge to Old Town said:
“This is such a simple, yet great, idea. Local shops supply the produce, and it gives another option for those who might be struggling to make their shopping budget stretch from week to week.”
Cuts to Universal Credit plus an increase in your National Insurance payments have created a double whammy for many working families here in Old Town. Many people in work also receive Universal Credit. The changes from PM Johnson and the Conservative government mean that some working families will be hundreds of pounds worse off every year.
For a Healthcare Assistant working at the DGH, the Universal Credit cut combined with NI tax increase will leave them around £900 worse off (https://bit.ly/NHSpaycut). This, despite Johnson promising not to raise taxes at the last election. Who do Johnson and his government really represent? Certainly not working families.
The Old town Fridge follows the Community Fridge model used by fellow Lib Dem Cllr Helen Burton in Langney and elsewhere.
The Old Town Community Fridge is open on Wednesday mornings, 8.30-10.30am, at Victoria Baptist Church, opposite Cavendish school. More info can be found here: www.facebook.com/OldTownCommunityFridge/