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The original Dorchester community fridge, located in Fields Corner, doubled as a pantry and was protected by an insulated shed to allow it to operate through winter. This fridge is currently closed and seeking a new home.
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Where to Find Community Fridges in and Around Boston

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The original Dorchester community fridge, located in Fields Corner, doubled as a pantry and was protected by an insulated shed to allow it to operate through winter. This fridge is currently closed and seeking a new home.
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Mutual aid initiatives have been springing up nationwide during the pandemic, as community members look for ways to address food insecurity and other needs of their neighbors. Mutual aid takes many forms: hyperlocal spreadsheets connecting those who need something with those who can provide it; massive texting chains of neighbors helping neighbors with everything from childcare to transportation; fundraisers aimed at helping people with groceries or rent; and more.

And then there are community fridges, which have begun to appear in neighborhoods nationwide, including in and around Boston. These outdoor fridges, often built under a roof alongside some pantry shelves, are typically monitored and stocked by volunteers, filled with everything from fresh produce to canned goods and sometimes even toiletries and other non-food household essentials.

Whether you need groceries or have extra to give, or you’re looking to volunteer, here’s where to find community fridges that are currently operational in the Boston area and beyond. Something missing from this map? Email the Eater Boston team.

Note that several other fridges are in the works in the area, including in Hyde Park, South Boston, the North End, Waltham, and Quincy. Also, the Dorchester fridge closed at its Fields Corner location in July 2021 and is currently seeking a new home. Plus, the Allston fridge previously located at 1 N. Beacon St. moved to a new location in Brighton (see the Brighton Center Fridge below), but the Allston/Brighton team hasn’t given up on a trying to put a fridge in Allston (and/or Lower Allston) again.

See also: How to Help Fight Food Insecurity and Support Restaurant Workers in Boston

This map was originally published on November 30, 2020; it is updated occasionally. The most recent update, on October 5, 2021, added a Watertown fridge.

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Lynn Community Fridge

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Open as of June 2021, the Lynn Community Fridge is operating 24/7 at Centerboard. Anyone in need is welcome to stop by to grab food, and potential donors and volunteers can find more information and sign up here. Watch for updates on Instagram as well.

The organizers of this fridge aim to “combat food insecurities and reduce food waste” while making “nutritious food accessible to all members of the community.”

Malden Community Fridge (Linden Square)

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Up and running since March 2021, this Malden Community Fridge (one of three) is located in the Linden Square Municipal Lot on the corner of Beach and Lynn streets, across from Dunkin’. As of September 2021, it has an accompanying micro pantry.

“The concept of community fridges, while not new, has gained momentum across the country this year in response to increased food insecurity,” wrote Councillor at Large Craig Spadafora, announcing the fridge. “The movement also aims to specifically assist people experiencing homelessness by making food more easily accessible. [Ward 8 City Councillor Jadeane Sica] and I see community fridge installation as a way to demonstrate how people can take care of each other outside of existing. We believe that this will be one of many new community fridges and will serve as an example of what communities working together can achieve.”

The Malden fridge isn’t on Instagram; instead, find updates in the Facebook group.

Malden Community Fridge (Faulkner Street)

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The third fridge to open in Malden debuted in late June 2021 and is located across from the community garden, behind the U-Haul (with electricity supplied by U-Haul). Find updates on Facebook.

10 people stand around a community fridge, painted yellow in a small yellow pantry, outside in front of several U-Haul trucks
Malden Community Fridge on Faulkner Street
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Malden Community Fridge (Canal Street)

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Located across from the Cambridge Health Alliance office along the Northern Strand Community Trail, the second Malden Community Fridge debuted in May 2021. Find updates on Facebook.

A bright green pantry sits alongside a road. It’s painted with fruits, vegetables, and words indicating that it’s a community fridge.
The community fridge on Canal Street in Malden
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Somerville Community Fridge (Winter Hill)

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This is the second fridge from the Somerville team; see the first (in Union Square) below. This one, which also includes pantry space, can be found near the Temple Street Walgreens. Find volunteer information, donation links, and more here.

Watertown Community Fridge

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The Watertown Community Fridge, located at Francis Market, debuted in October 2021, “collectively maintained by the community and for the community ... one of many of its kind, offering options and alternatives to formal food sharing channels.”

Monetary donations are welcome via Venmo; check the fridge’s website for other ways to donate, including by check or Paypal. The website also has food donation guidelines (prepared meals are allowed with proper labelling, and raw meat, poultry, and seafood can go in the freezer) and a volunteer sign-up form. Find updates on Instagram.

Somerville Community Fridge (Union Square)

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“Food is a right, not a privilege,” states the Instagram page for Somerville’s community fridge, which launched in Union Square in late November 2020. The fridge, which is housed in a shed with some pantry shelves, accepts clean produce; pantry staples such as pasta, rice, and peanut butter; canned goods; toiletries; and more; as organizer F. DeSousa previously told Eater. Pre-made meals are acceptable but should be labeled with ingredients, date made, and expiration date. Please do not leave alcohol, medication, raw meat, or partially eaten food.

“Things in America have been difficult for BIPOC, undocumented, low-income, LGBTQIA+, and unhoused folks for a very long time,” DeSousa said. “Community efforts are a great and crucial way to try and fill in some of these gaps.”

Find donation links and other information here.

Charlestown Community Fridge

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Charlestown has a community fridge as of late 2021, organized by and located outside of NEW Health, an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Medical Center; the fridge is part of NEW Health’s Food Insecurity Program. The fridge accepts donations of whole fruits and vegetables as well as commercially packaged refrigerated and frozen foods.

Monetary donations are welcome here.

Fridge in the Square (Harvard Square, Cambridge)

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The Fridge in the Square debuted in front of the Sinclair in January 2021 and moved to its current location at the Democracy Center at 45 Mt. Auburn St. in June 2021.

Donation guidelines can be found here. The Fridge in the Square does not allow raw meats, alcoholic beverages, unlabeled or opened meals, homemade meals or baked goods, or leftovers. Recommended donations include fresh produce, dairy products, pantry goods like rice and beans, cleaning supplies, menstrual pads, paper bags, hand sanitizer, and more.

In addition to one-off donations and other volunteering opportunities, the fridge organizers are seeking “fridge parents” to commit to stocking one specific item weekly in order to boost consistency. “Do you want to be our Egg Dad?” asks the fridge. “Bread Auntie? Cheesy Mama?”

Coast Community Fridge (Riverside, Cambridge)

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Located at the Cambridge Community Center in Cambridge’s Riverside neighborhood just outside of Central Square, the Coast Community Fridge comes from Cambridge City Growers; it began operating in mid-December 2020.

Find food guidelines here; unlike some of the other fridges, this one allows raw meat (but it must be put in the bottom rack of the freezer) and homemade meals (follow these guidelines).

Find a donation link and more information from Cambridge City Growers here.

Bridge Fridge (The Port, Cambridge)

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Organized by Community For Us, By Us, a Cambridge-based collective of BIPOC, the Bridge Fridge was launched in partnership with Black Yard Arts, Goree House/Filling in the Gaps, CRLS Black Student Union, the Haiti Initiative (SUD), and Crab Apple Gardenerz. Find it at the Goree House in Cambridge’s neighborhood the Port, which is near Central Square, Kendall Square, and MIT.

Looking to volunteer? Sign up here.

Newton Community Freedge

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A community fridge in Newton — called the Newton Community Freedge — started operating on March 14, 2021. The fridge is located in Newton’s Nonantum neighborhood, in the parking lot of Central Drapery and Dry Cleaning. The community fridge was organized by the Newton Food Pantry, along with other local organizations. Per the fridge’s website:

“The Freedge is open to anyone, no questions asked and no sign up needed. The Freedge will have milk, eggs, bread, rice/pasta, beans, peanut butter, prepared foods and much more! Please take only what you need and leave the rest for your neighbors. Learn more in English, Russian, Spanish, and Mandarin here.”

The Faneuil Street Fridge

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The Faneuil Street Fridge debuted as the Brighton Community Fridge in January 2021 and comes from the same group of organizers as the ones behind the former Allston Community Fridge (which has since moved to Brighton, although the Allston/Brighton team hopes to add another Allston fridge). It is set up outside Oliveira’s Deli Market in Oak Square and accepts fresh produce, pantry items, prepared meals (label with name of supplier, date made, and ingredients, emphasizing potential allergens), water, and more.

Find a volunteer signup form and other information here.

The Brighton Center Fridge

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As of July 2021, this fridge is up and running at the Brighton Allston Congregational Church. It was formerly known as the Allston Community Fridge (when it was located by the restaurant Grasshopper); it’s in Brighton now, but the Allston/Brighton team does hope to open another Allston fridge.

The Brighton Center Fridge accepts fresh produce, pantry items, toiletries, bottled water, and more.

Organizer Sarah Ribeiro previously told Eater that the fridge is a “community effort of grassroots organizations, nonprofits, restaurants, grocery stores, and individuals” including “BU students who are providing food via a campus food rescue project, and Allston-Brighton residents who are ready to start contributing to the community.”

“We’ve had people ask, ‘Well, what if someone comes and takes it all?’” said Ribeiro. “That only proves to us the need for a fridge like this — if someone does take it all, they clearly need it. We will replenish and provide for others.”

Find a volunteer signup form and other information here.

Earthy Boston — Fenway Fridge

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Located in front of Mei Mei and running since mid-November 2020, the Fenway fridge, organized by @earthyari_, features a sturdy shed with pantry shelves concealed behind doors. It’s typically stocked with fresh produce, juice, milk, toiletries, and more. Cooked, prepared donations are welcome from licensed kitchens (must be clearly labeled), as well as a variety of pantry items, unopened household items, and more. Please don’t leave raw meat, poultry, or seafood; leftovers; or homemade meals at the fridge.

Find donation and volunteering links here.

Symphony Interfaith Fridge

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At Northeastern University, NU Mutual Aid opened a fridge in March 2021 in partnership with Northeastern Hillel (which is hosting the fridge); the Catholic Center at Northeastern University; the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service; Israel Campus Roundtable; and Fair Foods. Please do not leave meat, poultry, fish, or alcohol at the fridge, and place only canned goods on the pantry shelves. Businesses are welcome to donate prepared meals, but they must be labeled with allergens, ingredients, and an expiration date.

Questions about the fridge can be directed to numutualaid@gmail.com, and watch Instagram for updates.

South End Fridge

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The South End Fridge opened in March 2021 in front of Make Shift Boston, an affordable co-working and events space on Columbus Avenue. It features a roof and some pantry shelves in addition to the fridge.

Unlike some of the other community fridges, this one does accept raw meat, but it must be put in the freezer. Fresh produce, dairy, eggs, and shelf-stable pantry items are also welcome, as well as prepared foods clearly labeled with ingredients, date of preparation, and estimated expiration date. Unopened toiletries and small clothing items (like hats and gloves) in good condition can also be donated. Follow the South End Fridge on Instagram for updates, and send monetary donations via CashApp to $SouthEndFridge.

Brookline Community Fridge

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Located in Brookline Village in front of Brothers & Sisters Co., the Brookline Community Fridge came to life in May 2021. Donations of premade meals are welcome as long as they are dated and properly sealed, with ingredients and an expiration date listed. Please do not put meat, seafood, chicken, or alcohol in the fridge. Find volunteer guidelines and more info here.

Jamaica Plain Community Fridge

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The Jamaica Plain Community Fridge is back, and this time it’s set up behind City Feed and Supply on Centre Street. Acceptable items include clean produce that is in good condition, bread, water bottles, frozen food, canned goods, and other essentials. Pre-made meals are okay too, as long as containers are labeled with ingredients, date made, and expiration dates.

The JP community fridge, originally located in front of D’Friends Barber Shop in Jamaica Plain’s Hyde Square neighborhood, was one of the first to appear in the Boston area, organized by a team that includes Veronica Bettio, who got a how-to guide from the anarchist community organizer group A New World In Our Hearts (which launched a fridge in Brooklyn earlier in 2020), and Josiel Gonzalez, who was similarly inspired by community fridge projects in New York.

“We would like for this fridge to be a safe zone for the community and serve as an outlet to come together and uplift one another,” Gonzalez previously told Eater. “We encourage folks in need to utilize the fridge and feed their families. No one should go to sleep hungry.”

Worcester Community Fridge (Massachusetts Health League of New England)

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Worcester currently has four community fridges. Each accepts produce, unopened frozen foods, bread and pastries, prepackaged frozen meals, pantry stables, factory-sealed deli meats, and more. Not accepted: raw meat, expired or spoiled items, previously opened foods, and homemade meals.

“Worcester Community Fridges believes having daily access to fresh food is a human right,” write the organizers. “In Worcester, 15% of families have identified as living with food insecurity. While navigating the Covid-19 pandemic, these numbers have risen significantly within our city. Community fridges are open 24/7, leaving no barriers in the way of someone accessing free food.” 

Watch for updates on Instagram.

Roslindale Community Fridge

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Located outside of the Roslindale Market since October 2020, the Roslindale community fridge accepts donations of clean produce and more. Please note that raw meats, seafoods, and home-cooked meals cannot be donated to the fridge, although commercial kitchens are welcome to donate pre-made meals.

Email roslindalecommunityfridge@gmail.com with any inquiries, and find donation and volunteering forms here. Katsiroubas Produce also accepts donations to stock the fridge.

Mattapan Community Fridge

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Located by Cafe Juice Up, the Mattapan Community Fridge — which launched in December 2020 — includes a shed-like cover and pantry space with a door. Accepted food donations include fresh produce; milk, cheese, and other dairy products and dairy-free versions; prepared meals from commercial kitchens (with listed ingredients, allergens, packaged date, and expiration date); rice, pasta, and other grains; canned goods; baby food; and more. Homemade meals are also acceptable, but please follow the guidelines. Avoid leaving raw meat and seafood, alcohol, and unlabeled homemade meals.

The fridge also accepts non-food donations, such as PPE, menstrual products, diapers and other baby products, etc.

Donations accepted via Venmo or Cashapp at the username unityandsafety.

Dedham Community Fridge

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The Dedham Community Fridge is located at the back of Calvary Baptist Church and maintained by volunteers from the church, which also has a new community garden on the front lawn. The fridge and some pantry shelves are enclosed in a shed, and those who can donate food are encouraged to leave any non-expired goods.

Worcester Community Fridge (The Printer Building)

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Find details on all of Worcester’s community fridges at the Massachusetts Health League of New England listing above.

Worcester Community Fridge (Fantastic Pizza)

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Find details on all of Worcester’s community fridges at the Massachusetts Health League of New England listing above.

Worcester Community Fridge (Union Hill School)

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The newest of Worcester’s community fridges, this one debuted in fall 2021. Find details on all of Worcester’s community fridges at the Massachusetts Health League of New England listing above.

Lynn Community Fridge

Open as of June 2021, the Lynn Community Fridge is operating 24/7 at Centerboard. Anyone in need is welcome to stop by to grab food, and potential donors and volunteers can find more information and sign up here. Watch for updates on Instagram as well.

The organizers of this fridge aim to “combat food insecurities and reduce food waste” while making “nutritious food accessible to all members of the community.”

Malden Community Fridge (Linden Square)

Up and running since March 2021, this Malden Community Fridge (one of three) is located in the Linden Square Municipal Lot on the corner of Beach and Lynn streets, across from Dunkin’. As of September 2021, it has an accompanying micro pantry.

“The concept of community fridges, while not new, has gained momentum across the country this year in response to increased food insecurity,” wrote Councillor at Large Craig Spadafora, announcing the fridge. “The movement also aims to specifically assist people experiencing homelessness by making food more easily accessible. [Ward 8 City Councillor Jadeane Sica] and I see community fridge installation as a way to demonstrate how people can take care of each other outside of existing. We believe that this will be one of many new community fridges and will serve as an example of what communities working together can achieve.”

The Malden fridge isn’t on Instagram; instead, find updates in the Facebook group.

Malden Community Fridge (Faulkner Street)

10 people stand around a community fridge, painted yellow in a small yellow pantry, outside in front of several U-Haul trucks
Malden Community Fridge on Faulkner Street
Malden Ward 8 City Councillor Jadeane Sica/Facebook

The third fridge to open in Malden debuted in late June 2021 and is located across from the community garden, behind the U-Haul (with electricity supplied by U-Haul). Find updates on Facebook.

10 people stand around a community fridge, painted yellow in a small yellow pantry, outside in front of several U-Haul trucks
Malden Community Fridge on Faulkner Street
Malden Ward 8 City Councillor Jadeane Sica/Facebook

Malden Community Fridge (Canal Street)

A bright green pantry sits alongside a road. It’s painted with fruits, vegetables, and words indicating that it’s a community fridge.
The community fridge on Canal Street in Malden
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Located across from the Cambridge Health Alliance office along the Northern Strand Community Trail, the second Malden Community Fridge debuted in May 2021. Find updates on Facebook.

A bright green pantry sits alongside a road. It’s painted with fruits, vegetables, and words indicating that it’s a community fridge.
The community fridge on Canal Street in Malden
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Somerville Community Fridge (Winter Hill)

This is the second fridge from the Somerville team; see the first (in Union Square) below. This one, which also includes pantry space, can be found near the Temple Street Walgreens. Find volunteer information, donation links, and more here.

Watertown Community Fridge

The Watertown Community Fridge, located at Francis Market, debuted in October 2021, “collectively maintained by the community and for the community ... one of many of its kind, offering options and alternatives to formal food sharing channels.”

Monetary donations are welcome via Venmo; check the fridge’s website for other ways to donate, including by check or Paypal. The website also has food donation guidelines (prepared meals are allowed with proper labelling, and raw meat, poultry, and seafood can go in the freezer) and a volunteer sign-up form. Find updates on Instagram.

Somerville Community Fridge (Union Square)

“Food is a right, not a privilege,” states the Instagram page for Somerville’s community fridge, which launched in Union Square in late November 2020. The fridge, which is housed in a shed with some pantry shelves, accepts clean produce; pantry staples such as pasta, rice, and peanut butter; canned goods; toiletries; and more; as organizer F. DeSousa previously told Eater. Pre-made meals are acceptable but should be labeled with ingredients, date made, and expiration date. Please do not leave alcohol, medication, raw meat, or partially eaten food.

“Things in America have been difficult for BIPOC, undocumented, low-income, LGBTQIA+, and unhoused folks for a very long time,” DeSousa said. “Community efforts are a great and crucial way to try and fill in some of these gaps.”

Find donation links and other information here.

Charlestown Community Fridge

Charlestown has a community fridge as of late 2021, organized by and located outside of NEW Health, an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Medical Center; the fridge is part of NEW Health’s Food Insecurity Program. The fridge accepts donations of whole fruits and vegetables as well as commercially packaged refrigerated and frozen foods.

Monetary donations are welcome here.

Fridge in the Square (Harvard Square, Cambridge)

The Fridge in the Square debuted in front of the Sinclair in January 2021 and moved to its current location at the Democracy Center at 45 Mt. Auburn St. in June 2021.

Donation guidelines can be found here. The Fridge in the Square does not allow raw meats, alcoholic beverages, unlabeled or opened meals, homemade meals or baked goods, or leftovers. Recommended donations include fresh produce, dairy products, pantry goods like rice and beans, cleaning supplies, menstrual pads, paper bags, hand sanitizer, and more.

In addition to one-off donations and other volunteering opportunities, the fridge organizers are seeking “fridge parents” to commit to stocking one specific item weekly in order to boost consistency. “Do you want to be our Egg Dad?” asks the fridge. “Bread Auntie? Cheesy Mama?”

Coast Community Fridge (Riverside, Cambridge)

Located at the Cambridge Community Center in Cambridge’s Riverside neighborhood just outside of Central Square, the Coast Community Fridge comes from Cambridge City Growers; it began operating in mid-December 2020.

Find food guidelines here; unlike some of the other fridges, this one allows raw meat (but it must be put in the bottom rack of the freezer) and homemade meals (follow these guidelines).

Find a donation link and more information from Cambridge City Growers here.

Bridge Fridge (The Port, Cambridge)

Organized by Community For Us, By Us, a Cambridge-based collective of BIPOC, the Bridge Fridge was launched in partnership with Black Yard Arts, Goree House/Filling in the Gaps, CRLS Black Student Union, the Haiti Initiative (SUD), and Crab Apple Gardenerz. Find it at the Goree House in Cambridge’s neighborhood the Port, which is near Central Square, Kendall Square, and MIT.

Looking to volunteer? Sign up here.

Newton Community Freedge

A community fridge in Newton — called the Newton Community Freedge — started operating on March 14, 2021. The fridge is located in Newton’s Nonantum neighborhood, in the parking lot of Central Drapery and Dry Cleaning. The community fridge was organized by the Newton Food Pantry, along with other local organizations. Per the fridge’s website:

“The Freedge is open to anyone, no questions asked and no sign up needed. The Freedge will have milk, eggs, bread, rice/pasta, beans, peanut butter, prepared foods and much more! Please take only what you need and leave the rest for your neighbors. Learn more in English, Russian, Spanish, and Mandarin here.”

The Faneuil Street Fridge

The Faneuil Street Fridge debuted as the Brighton Community Fridge in January 2021 and comes from the same group of organizers as the ones behind the former Allston Community Fridge (which has since moved to Brighton, although the Allston/Brighton team hopes to add another Allston fridge). It is set up outside Oliveira’s Deli Market in Oak Square and accepts fresh produce, pantry items, prepared meals (label with name of supplier, date made, and ingredients, emphasizing potential allergens), water, and more.

Find a volunteer signup form and other information here.

The Brighton Center Fridge

As of July 2021, this fridge is up and running at the Brighton Allston Congregational Church. It was formerly known as the Allston Community Fridge (when it was located by the restaurant Grasshopper); it’s in Brighton now, but the Allston/Brighton team does hope to open another Allston fridge.

The Brighton Center Fridge accepts fresh produce, pantry items, toiletries, bottled water, and more.

Organizer Sarah Ribeiro previously told Eater that the fridge is a “community effort of grassroots organizations, nonprofits, restaurants, grocery stores, and individuals” including “BU students who are providing food via a campus food rescue project, and Allston-Brighton residents who are ready to start contributing to the community.”

“We’ve had people ask, ‘Well, what if someone comes and takes it all?’” said Ribeiro. “That only proves to us the need for a fridge like this — if someone does take it all, they clearly need it. We will replenish and provide for others.”

Find a volunteer signup form and other information here.

Earthy Boston — Fenway Fridge

Located in front of Mei Mei and running since mid-November 2020, the Fenway fridge, organized by @earthyari_, features a sturdy shed with pantry shelves concealed behind doors. It’s typically stocked with fresh produce, juice, milk, toiletries, and more. Cooked, prepared donations are welcome from licensed kitchens (must be clearly labeled), as well as a variety of pantry items, unopened household items, and more. Please don’t leave raw meat, poultry, or seafood; leftovers; or homemade meals at the fridge.

Find donation and volunteering links here.

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Symphony Interfaith Fridge

At Northeastern University, NU Mutual Aid opened a fridge in March 2021 in partnership with Northeastern Hillel (which is hosting the fridge); the Catholic Center at Northeastern University; the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service; Israel Campus Roundtable; and Fair Foods. Please do not leave meat, poultry, fish, or alcohol at the fridge, and place only canned goods on the pantry shelves. Businesses are welcome to donate prepared meals, but they must be labeled with allergens, ingredients, and an expiration date.

Questions about the fridge can be directed to numutualaid@gmail.com, and watch Instagram for updates.

South End Fridge

The South End Fridge opened in March 2021 in front of Make Shift Boston, an affordable co-working and events space on Columbus Avenue. It features a roof and some pantry shelves in addition to the fridge.

Unlike some of the other community fridges, this one does accept raw meat, but it must be put in the freezer. Fresh produce, dairy, eggs, and shelf-stable pantry items are also welcome, as well as prepared foods clearly labeled with ingredients, date of preparation, and estimated expiration date. Unopened toiletries and small clothing items (like hats and gloves) in good condition can also be donated. Follow the South End Fridge on Instagram for updates, and send monetary donations via CashApp to $SouthEndFridge.

Brookline Community Fridge

Located in Brookline Village in front of Brothers & Sisters Co., the Brookline Community Fridge came to life in May 2021. Donations of premade meals are welcome as long as they are dated and properly sealed, with ingredients and an expiration date listed. Please do not put meat, seafood, chicken, or alcohol in the fridge. Find volunteer guidelines and more info here.

Jamaica Plain Community Fridge

The Jamaica Plain Community Fridge is back, and this time it’s set up behind City Feed and Supply on Centre Street. Acceptable items include clean produce that is in good condition, bread, water bottles, frozen food, canned goods, and other essentials. Pre-made meals are okay too, as long as containers are labeled with ingredients, date made, and expiration dates.

The JP community fridge, originally located in front of D’Friends Barber Shop in Jamaica Plain’s Hyde Square neighborhood, was one of the first to appear in the Boston area, organized by a team that includes Veronica Bettio, who got a how-to guide from the anarchist community organizer group A New World In Our Hearts (which launched a fridge in Brooklyn earlier in 2020), and Josiel Gonzalez, who was similarly inspired by community fridge projects in New York.

“We would like for this fridge to be a safe zone for the community and serve as an outlet to come together and uplift one another,” Gonzalez previously told Eater. “We encourage folks in need to utilize the fridge and feed their families. No one should go to sleep hungry.”

Worcester Community Fridge (Massachusetts Health League of New England)

Worcester currently has four community fridges. Each accepts produce, unopened frozen foods, bread and pastries, prepackaged frozen meals, pantry stables, factory-sealed deli meats, and more. Not accepted: raw meat, expired or spoiled items, previously opened foods, and homemade meals.

“Worcester Community Fridges believes having daily access to fresh food is a human right,” write the organizers. “In Worcester, 15% of families have identified as living with food insecurity. While navigating the Covid-19 pandemic, these numbers have risen significantly within our city. Community fridges are open 24/7, leaving no barriers in the way of someone accessing free food.” 

Watch for updates on Instagram.

Roslindale Community Fridge

Located outside of the Roslindale Market since October 2020, the Roslindale community fridge accepts donations of clean produce and more. Please note that raw meats, seafoods, and home-cooked meals cannot be donated to the fridge, although commercial kitchens are welcome to donate pre-made meals.

Email roslindalecommunityfridge@gmail.com with any inquiries, and find donation and volunteering forms here. Katsiroubas Produce also accepts donations to stock the fridge.

Mattapan Community Fridge

Located by Cafe Juice Up, the Mattapan Community Fridge — which launched in December 2020 — includes a shed-like cover and pantry space with a door. Accepted food donations include fresh produce; milk, cheese, and other dairy products and dairy-free versions; prepared meals from commercial kitchens (with listed ingredients, allergens, packaged date, and expiration date); rice, pasta, and other grains; canned goods; baby food; and more. Homemade meals are also acceptable, but please follow the guidelines. Avoid leaving raw meat and seafood, alcohol, and unlabeled homemade meals.

The fridge also accepts non-food donations, such as PPE, menstrual products, diapers and other baby products, etc.

Donations accepted via Venmo or Cashapp at the username unityandsafety.

Dedham Community Fridge

The Dedham Community Fridge is located at the back of Calvary Baptist Church and maintained by volunteers from the church, which also has a new community garden on the front lawn. The fridge and some pantry shelves are enclosed in a shed, and those who can donate food are encouraged to leave any non-expired goods.

Worcester Community Fridge (The Printer Building)

Find details on all of Worcester’s community fridges at the Massachusetts Health League of New England listing above.

Worcester Community Fridge (Fantastic Pizza)

Find details on all of Worcester’s community fridges at the Massachusetts Health League of New England listing above.

Worcester Community Fridge (Union Hill School)

The newest of Worcester’s community fridges, this one debuted in fall 2021. Find details on all of Worcester’s community fridges at the Massachusetts Health League of New England listing above.

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