Mott Haven Fridge

30 images Created 1 Jul 2021

Late last September, when South Bronx teachers Dan Zauderer and Charlotte Alvarez discovered that the pandemic left their students’ families without access to fresh food, the two educators founded the Mott Haven Fridge Network. Plugged in on a South Bronx sidewalk and filled with fresh produce accessible to neighbors in need, this “free food fridge” is helping to redefine access to food. Close-by, 24/7, and anonymous, it provides thousands of pounds of food every week to South Bronxites that pantries never reached. (It even got covered on CNN!)

Now, that single fridge on 141st between St Anns and Crimmins has grown into a distribution network. Anybody can participate and those involved find themselves a part of a family of volunteers, coordinators, and community members who uplift and inspire. Every Saturday, neighbors with big cars and bigger hearts stop by 1927 Turnbull Avenue in Castle Hill to pick up fresh produce donated from the Hunts Point Produce Market and drive it to 20+ community hubs throughout the city. Carless New Yorkers who want to help join the team on Saturday mornings to unload, sort, and bag produce. Bronx artists have joined the team too, painting the many fridges that will soon add more beauty to Bronx sidewalks.

This summer, bolstered by a team of 20+ high school and college interns from CUNY and beyond, the Mott Haven Fridge Network has 3 major goals:

Grow the volunteer network. (sign up here and a team member will get in touch with volunteer opportunities that match your preferences and availability).

Raise the fridge count. (The network hopes to expand its number of fridges on Bronx sidewalks this summer to ten, serving the Bronx in larger capacity. They’d love for more Bronx property owners to get involved. Get in touch today if you're interested in learning more.)

These photographs are from its event that occurred on Saturday, June 26th, 2021.
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