TWO familiar faces helped launch a community project in Southend.

TV chefs Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty helped launch a Community Fridge scheme, which is being supported by Sainsbury’s stores in the area.

The fridges are being stocked with unsold food, donated by Sainsbury’s, which will be used to help people

Filming for the duo’s Channel 4 show Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast partly took place at TrustLinks, which is one of four charities involved in the project.

The other charities involved are Trinity Family Centre, Southend YMCA and Storehouse are also involved in the project.

Anna Harland, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Society at Sainsbury’s, said: “We’re proud to be given the opportunity to support Jamie and Jimmy’s Community Fridge project in Southend as it will play a vital role in helping to provide fresh food within the community.

“We now have more than 2,000 Food Donation Partnerships set up across the country, and this number continues to grow, and this fridge is an important addition to what we’ve achieved so far.

“Colleagues from our Southend store have been working in partnership with TrustLinks since June, when the Centre was chosen as the store’s Local Charity of the Year.”

Similar projects have also been set up in other parts of the country, including in South Derbyshire.