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.
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 trying to put a fridge in Allston (and/or Lower Allston) again.Read More