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Wrocławians Install ‘Social Fridges’ To Help The Needy And Cut Waste

Wrocław is now home to two 'social fridges', which are publicly accessible to anyone who wishes to either access or donate unused food items.

The idea behind the fridges is to cut food waste and help those less fortunate. The concept has the backing of Wrocław Food Bank director Piotr Gluz, who wants to see Poland cut its annual food waste down from its current level of 9 million tons.

The person who has been credited with kick-starting the scheme is Jan Piontek, an MPK driver living in the Szczepin district. Jan used his position as a member of his neighbourhood board to help install a social fridge on Zachodnia street. The bill for powering the fridge is covered by the neighbourhood council. 

Another social fridge is also in operation at Robotnicza 1A, while a third is to be installed at Rydygiera 25A on Wednesday. There are even plans to have as many as 40 of them around the city.

Anybody interested in setting up an maintaining a social fridge can find instructions on how to do so via the website wezpomoz.pl.

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About Gregor Gowans

Gregor Gowans
The founder and editor of Wroclaw Uncut, Gregor has been running the website since its inception in 2012. A Wroclawian for almost 10 years, Gregor writes on a wide variety of topics including, food & drink, nightlife, local news and politics. He is also a regular guest on Radio Ram's Sunday lunch programme.

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