Lynn Community Fridge Needs a Host
Boston's North Shore needs a Community Fridge. Community fridges or free food fridges are popping up in and around major cities across the country. Fridges around greater Boston are providing much-needed aid and support to families in need. We recently accepted a fridge donation from a generous local donor, but the Lynn Community Fridge Project is searching for a storefront to host the fridge.
Coming together is key for our world to be a better place. The goal behind the fridge is to build social infrastructure and empower our community. We want the community to trust & care for itself. We know there is a ton of food that goes to waste in supermarkets, restaurants, and other establishments every day, and we aim to redirect that food to a community fridge that anyone can contribute to and anyone can take from.
This community effort has been inspired by our neighbors in Boston. They've inspired community fridges in communities around the Boston metropolitan area.
How can you participate?
We are currently looking for a host for our community fridge, and we were wondering if you might be interested. The fridge needs to be outdoors in a place accessible to everyone and powered 24 hours a day every day. The average cost to provide electricity to a fridge is $30 per month, and we would be happy to fundraise that amount if you want to host the fridge. Otherwise, we can take care of the rest. We will regularly check in on it, make sure it's stocked, cleaned and sanitized, and well taken care of.
We have noticed that these fridges have benefitted the businesses that host them by being a source of positive public attention.
As we wait for a host, there are still actions to take to make a difference during this time. This year families are struggling more than ever with food insecurity. Here are a few ways you can help:
1. Donate to Your Local Food Pantry
Food banks accept dry and canned food donations. What does that mean? Basically, any food that is "shelf-stable" or nonperishable. So you can keep nonperishable food items in your pantry, and they won't go bad. And remember, only donate food that hasn't reached its "sell-by" date yet.
Food insecurity is a result of larger injustices that exist in our society. Write to your local representatives. Local representatives can encourage policies that keep people out of dire financial straits that cause hunger. Push for policies that will increase access to food, including expanding SNAP benefits, increasing the minimum wage, and funding food initiatives.
3. Educate Those Around You
This issue will continue to go on if we do not take action. Educate your friends, family, and community members on this important issue, and together you can make a change!