Community Larders & Fridges in Thatcham, Newbury, Wantage and Marlborough

It is exciting to see Community Larders and Fridges now set up across our area. They are available for absolutely anyone to collect from or donate food that would otherwise go to waste.

Opening times do change so please double check directly with organisations before visiting.

Community Larder at the Waterside Centre, Newbury

The Larder will be open every week at the Waterside Centre, Waldegrave Place, Newbury RG14 1DS (behind Costa Coffee). For more information about opening times for the larder please visit their Facebook page (and search for larder). People can select their items of food and other household products as well as accessing other support services on site. Working with SOFEA and Fareshare, the larder takes supermarket warehouse excess and re-distributes it in the community. This is not a means-tested service. Anyone can sign up as individuals or as a family for a small membership fee from £3.50 per week for individuals and £7 per week for families. Whilst Food Banks do a fantastic and very necessary job helping to support people who are experiencing food poverty, Community Larders are designed to support people to live more independently, “a hand up, not a handout”, a long-term sustainable approach to food insecurity. They care about the person and community as a whole.

If you require any further information or have any further questions please contact [email protected] or 01635 018500.

Community Larder at the Greenham Community Centre, Newbury

The Newbury Larder takes place at the Greenham Community Centre and is run by Claire Austin and young people from Community Youth Project. There is space for local organisations to put up display stands or advice stations that offer help with tenancy advice, debt advice, DV, substance misuse, adult education etc. For more information please contact [email protected] or follow

Thatcham Larder at Frank Hutchins Hall

The Thatcham Larder is open at the Frank Hutchins Hall, with Vicky Roseblade from Public Protection Partnership WB at the helm. Anyone can sign up as individuals or as a family for a small membership fee from £3.50 per week for individuals and £7 per week for families. Pop along to shop and have a chat to the volunteers with a cup of tea and cake. They have now taken deliveries of sanitary products from All Yours, these are offered free of charge when shopping at The Community Larder. They also offer free school uniform and a free toy and book exchange. For more information please join the Thatcham Community Larder facebook group.

Wantage Larder at The Beacon

The Wantage Larder is run by Sustainable Wantage at The Beacon on Friday afternoons. For more information please contact 07563 067173,  [email protected] or facebook/wantagecommunitylarder

We also make food available to everyone through Wantage Community Fridge – see times and locations below.

Wantage Community Fridge

Wantage Community Fridge offers free food to anyone and operates from The Mix on Mill Street on Mondays (2 – 6pm), Wednesdays (10am – 3pm) and Saturdays (10am – 1pm). Community Fridge food is also be available at Cornerstone Café & Bookshop, Grove on Thursdays (4 – 5pm). For more info see

Marlborough Community Fridge

To see Marlborough Community Fridge is run from Community Room in the George / Figgins Lane Car Park (just behind the public loos) and is a partnership project between Marlborough Town Council and Transition Marlborough. For more information and specific times see their facebook page. They accept donations of and redistribute fresh, good quality, in-date food that might otherwise not get eaten. Some supplies come from local food retailers and they welcome unopened, in-date foods and home-grown produce from households too.


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