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Free Food Fridges are Coming to Albany!

We’re ecstatic to be the first sponsor of Free Food Fridge Albany, a new grassroots initiative working to provide free and accessible food for marginalized neighborhoods and people. We are working with the project's organizer, Jammella Anderson, to provide a location in Albany's West Hill neighborhood, but this community-wide effort will see at least three initial Free Food Fridges our city.

The idea is very simple: it’s literally just refrigerators full of free food, on the sidewalk, providing no-strings-attached free and accessible food for marginalized neighborhoods and people.

Similar programs exist in cities like LA, NYC, and other places around the country. To help visualize what this could look like in the Capital Region, check out the very well-established L.A. program here. It’s really inspiring.

How you can get involved:

Free Food Fridge Albany is looking for local (as in the capital region) restaurants and farmers to come on board to be a part of our mission: free and accessible food for marginalized neighborhoods and people. No strings attached! Must be able to commit to 1 - 3 days/week at your specified drop off location (fridge). If only available to commit to one day - Wednesday’s would be your drop off date! In need of produce, ready-to-eat foods (I.e. sandwiches, small salads... etc.), thing to bake off, eggs, milk. (At this time, we are not accepting donations from individuals).
- As for volunteers: 1-2 people per fridge will needed to inventory, maintain, clean and tidy your assigned location!
- Locations: if you are a business or community center that would like to “house” an outdoor fridge (would be on your property and plugged into your outlet). We would pay for the cost of the fridge - typically no more than $22/month if you are unable to bring that into your budget.
- Artists: Folks to help paint fridges to bring life to them in the neighborhoods.
- Admin: We need admins to help create documents and help with bookkeeping at 1-5 hours a week to start.
- $$ donations can be made through - make sure to say what it’s for! And we are accepting gloves, sanitizer and any other PPE things to help maintain COVID-19 safety regulations!
Venmo: Jammella-Anderson
This is just the beginning so if you want to be a apart of this and have a specific skill that would be useful to the project please reach out. We’ve gotten inundated with messages of people wanting to be if service - to make it easier let us know your area of expertise! We appreciate you all and cannot wait to see this grow ๐ŸŒถ ๐ŸŒฝ ๐Ÿ…
If you are non-Black/Brown we ask that you volunteer for this to get started as this is a form of reparations work
If you are BIPOC - depending on the job, we hope to financial compensate you for the time.
Visit @freefoodfridgealbany on Instagram to learn more!

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