KERU COMMUNITY FRIDGE
The community fridge is a space and community open to everyone. It is available to anyone who wants to share and/or collect surplus food. The aim is to reduce food waste and to support sustainable food culture. The community fridge offers an easy way to take part in solving global climate and food waste issues.
The first community fridge Keru opened on 3.9.2018 as a pilot project at the Settlement House in Kallio, Helsinki. The purpose of this pilot project was to gain experience, develop the concept and possibly continue the project on a regular basis after the pilot period ended on 2.2.2020. The project was inspired by successful food sharing movements across Europe. Design had an important role in the development and implementation of this community fridge concept. The pilot project was conducted by Waste Food Crew (a group of urban activists) working group and led by designer Heidi Uppa. Dozens of volunteers were involved in the daily activities and Settlement House was the main partner of the project. The materials and tools resulting from the pilot project will be published on the community fridge.info platform by the end of 2020.
After the pilot period, the activities continue and are led by the Keru-yhteisöjääkaappi ry association. Information related to the activities can be followed on the association’s Facebook page and Instagram.