Keru is a non-profit open community fridge located at the Setlementtitalo in Kallio, Helsinki. It is a concept developed with the aim to reduce food waste and to support sustainable food culture. Keru offers an easy way to take part in solving the global food waste issue. It is open and free to everyone who wants to share and/or collect food.

The project began with a pilot period, which have been going on since 3.9.2018. The aim is to gain experience and continue the project on a regular basis after the trial period. This project is run by the Waste Food Crew – a group of food activists and volunteers in collaboration with Setlementtiliitto. Keru is inspired by successful food sharing movements across Europe.

How Keru Works?

1. Donate your surplus food to the community fridge

2. The surplus food is recycled and gets into use

3. We have agreements to collect surplus food from our collaborators on a regular basis

4. Food from the fridge is open to everyone who is willing to take and eat

5. We take care of cleaning the fridge regularly

6. By using Keru you can do good for climate, environment and people in the neighbourhood



Kalliolan Setlementti

Kalliolan Setlementti helps us with daily activities of running Keru community fridge. Kerukaappi is also located at the premises of Kalliolan Setlementti (address: Sturenkatu 11, Helsinki).

Friends & volunteers

The Keru community fridge is a non-profit project run by its core team members and volunteers. We welcome everyone to work on a voluntary basis with us. We can offer new learning experiences as part of our international team. Keru’s activities can also be supported in various ways such as by donating one's own surplus food into the Kerukaappi or by sharing information on Keru project and events.

Shops, cafés & restaurants

The Keru community fridge receives most of its food donations from nearby shops, cafés and restaurants. We collect food donations everyday. Please, contact Waste Food Crew if your company wishes to become a surplus food donor for Keru community fridge.

Helsinki Design Week 2018

Keru community fridge project and our opening event are part of Helsinki Design Week’s programme. The largest design festival in the Nordic countries is held from 6–16 September 2018.

Other supporters

The city of Helsinki has awarded a small grant for Keru community fridge project. It enabled us to launch the service. In case you are interested in supporting Keru or participating in the project as a collaborator, please contact Waste Food Crew.


Waste Food Grew consists of designers, food activists and other like minded people who want to prevent climate change by reducing the amount of waste food and taking some concrete actions. Our team has a diverse range of skills and experience which can be utilised in this project, for example understanding on environmental issues and sustainable development, as well as experience on project work and international collaborations. We have networked with various people and organisations who are involved in waste food issues and have become familiar with many functioning waste food concepts and activities in countries such as Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.

Keru concept was born as a result of discussions among its core team members. Larger number of collaborators and volunteers are taking part in the daily activities. We welcome everyone interested in reducing the amount of waste food to collaborate and work with us. For general inquiries you can email us at


Management, communication & PR

Heidi Uppa

+358 50 320 5768

Events & volunteers

Mari Sahlstén

+358 40 550 9852

Pick-up team / logistics

Tiago Pinto

+358 46 561 2460

Cleaning team

Anniina Heikinheimo

+358 40 828 8468

Pick-up team / logistics

Aapo Huikko

+358 50 534 4609