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Community fridges, pantries, food storage

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Source: Local Futures

Community fridges and pantries are usually small structures stocked by community members with free food available for anyone in need. Community fridges carry perishable foods, while community pantries focus on non-perishables like dried foods and canned goods. Both of them play an important role in neighborhood-level mutual aid and solidarity efforts.

Take action

  • Build and maintain a Little Free Pantry with The Little Free Pantries’ pages of Building Guides and Pantry Host Guides, and Little Free Pantry’s page of Resources.
  • Find a community fridge near you with Freedge.org’s worldwide map Find a Freedge.
  • None near you yet? Start one with Freedge.org’s resource page How to Start a Community Fridge in Your Neighborhood, featuring step-by-step instructions, legal guides, designs, microgrant opportunities, opportunities to connect with other community fridge operators, and more. See also Hubbub’s guide Find or start a community fridge in the UK and connect with their Community Fridge Network (UK).
  • Understand the legalities of food recovery programs with the University of Arkansas School of Law’s Legal Guide to Food Recovery (US).
  • If a community fridge is not legal in your area and local food banks cannot accept fresh food, set surplus produce from your garden out on a table in front of your house.

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