How Outdoor Community Fridges
are Changing Life for Those Facing Hard Times
By Nick Purdon & Leonardo Palleja, CBC News, May 02, 2021
You might have spotted a refrigerator, painted with bright colours, out on a public sidewalk near where you live. If so, you’ve stumbled upon a growing international food-sharing initiative known as “the community fridge.”
The idea behind the fridges that have cropped all across Canada, especially since the pandemic began, is as simple as the motto painted onto their doors: “Take what you need — leave what you can.”
The refrigerators offer free food to anyone who needs it, and are stocked by anyone who wants to donate.
There are eight community fridge locations spread across downtown Toronto. CBC’s nightly newscast The National spent some time at several fridges and spoke to people who use them, as well as people who keep them filled.
How Canadians Started Community
Fridges in Their Cities
By Al Donato, HuffPost, January 5, 2021
This is part of an ongoing HuffPost Canada series on food insecurity and how it’s affecting Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this edition, we talk to the everyday people running community fridges in their cities and find out what it takes for an everyday Canadian to run one in their area.
“Is your refrigerator running?” sounds like the start of a dad joke, but during a pandemic it’s taken quite literally by hundreds who depend on community fridges; usually outdoors, these fridges are stocked with donated food available to hungry locals for free, no questions asked.
With food insecurity soaring through the COVID-19 pandemic, community fridges have popped up across the U.S. and Canada, in the most ordinary of public places. In northern Calgary, there’s a fridge tucked between a computer store and a thrift shop. Regina’s fridge is humming in front of a family pharmacy. And on Prince Edward Island, a public library doubles as the home for a small, but mighty fridge.
Fridge Full of Free Snacks Installed at Public Library
By Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press, July 25, 2019
FREDERICTON — The people who run the Fredericton Public Library are hoping to satisfy actual hunger as well as the hunger for knowledge.
They’ve installed a large refrigerator stocked with fresh fruit and other snacks that anyone using the library can access free of charge.
Julia Stewart, the library’s director, says staff are often asked if there is anything to eat by students who are studying and homeless people using the library as a place to spend the day.