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Community Fridge to Share Good Food

Mutual Aid for a More Just World pt. 11

First Published at Cultured

Community fridges serve the needs of low-income and/or limited mobility people who live long walks from accessible sources of good food — in food deserts. Individuals or groups may organize a community fridge in a public place, and they share the responsibility of keeping it stocked. The fridges go great at a free store, school, studio, church, or library. Check out @tncommgard partner organizations, Hope Community Fridge of Chattanooga, TN. We provide free food to the fine folks of East Brainerd. Big Sycamore Farm of Decatur, TN, helps keep stocked with in-season crops, and Wesley Memorial Church generously offers space. We may soon bud off into Cleveland with partner org, Cleveland, TN Community Resources. Yet another partner, CAC Beardsley Farm of Knoxville, hosts their own community fridge. Especially during this ongoing pandemic, and potentially more to come, there are many folks short of food. Check out our Mutual Aid Map for more info.

Given that American cities were designed for cars that many cannot afford, community fridges are even more important. City transit proves pitiful as a whole, and no one wants to walk in this heat. Be sure your group sets up a solid system to keep your fridge stocked, clean, in date, and not abused for profit. Cook or freeze meats, and label allergens.

Community fridges and pantries allow people to have some dignity, not have to beg, and get healthy food in their bellies. Many who experience need still work full or part-time. We live in an economic system that demands low wage jobs to perpetuate itself. Some have fixed incomes and have to choose between rent, medication, and food. See the link for a video.

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