The Newmarket Food Pantry has now opened the doors on the town's first community fridge. Located at the Newmarket Public Library (438 Park Ave), the fridge is now open around the clock for anyone in the community to take food from.
A community fridge is a public repository of fresh, donated foods that anyone can take from at no cost. Community fridges have shown to reduce food insecurity, and are designed to facilitate access to nutritious foods and reduce food waste, while offering users choice and flexibility.
The concept is simple – take what you need and leave what you can. The initiative relies on the continued support of Newmarket residents, corporate donors, and local restaurants and grocers to keep the fridge stocked in order to feed our most vulnerable children, seniors and families.
Everyone will be welcome to donate to the fridge, whether you are an individual, business, restaurant or organization. Simply drop off your donation at the community fridge when you are able to.
Here's what you can leave:
- Fresh Products
- Dry goods
- Sealed non-alcoholic beverages
- Prepackaged bread and pastries
- Meals prepared in public health inspected kitchens, labeled with ingredient list, location prepared, and date prepared and/or best before date.
- New personal care items
Food and monetary donations can also be made through the Newmarket Food Pantry to support the fridge.
Bringing the fridge to the community
The Community Fridge project has been a great collaborative effort with support from many contributing community partners, including the Town of Newmarket in shed design, construction and set up, Newmarket Public Library, the students of Sir William Mulock Secondary school (who built the shed), the students of Huron Heights Secondary school (who painted the shed), as well as many key community stakeholders.
For more information, please visit: newmarketfoodpantry.ca/community-fridge/
If you would like to get involved with this project, or become a regular donor, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org