As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause hardship among people who have lost work, Dallas-based mutual aid organization the People’s Fridge has placed its second community fridge in DeSoto.
Now open outside of “holistic health and wellness studio” HeyyHealer at 324 East Belt Line Road, Suite 500, this fridge follows the organization’s first, which was set up outside of the Pan-African Connection bookstore in Oak Cliff back in September. As organizer Jasmine Coleman told Eater then, the People’s Fridge is still looking to partner with local restaurants and other businesses who may have surplus food to donate to the effort. Some spots, like Sylvan Thirty eatery Shayna’s Cafe, have already made donations.
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In addition to the two community fridges operated by the People’s Fridge, there’s also a Fort Worth organization that just debuted its first community fridge. Located at 3144 Bryan Avenue, the Funky Town Fridge is also open and serving free food to those in need. Community fridges are popping up all over the country right now, as individuals look for opportunities to provide direct aid to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Individuals can also donate to the People’s Fridge. The organization is currently accepting walk-up donations of uncooked, pre-packaged foods, fresh produce, milk and eggs, and non-perishables like canned goods at both of its fridges. Non-food items, like diapers, toilet paper, and personal protective equipment like masks and gloves, can also be donated.