Monday, June 14, 2021

The Loisaida CommUnity Fridge opens tomorrow on 9th Street and Avenue B

The Loisaida CommUnity Fridge and Pantry will debut tomorrow morning at 11 at Trinity Lower East Side Lutheran Parish on Avenue B at Ninth Street.
As previously reported, the nonprofit L.E.S. CommUnity Concerns is behind the launch of this 24/7 fridge and pantry. Per the organizers:
It will be guided by the philosophy of "take what you need, leave what you can," with the goal of providing relief to community members experiencing food insecurity, reducing food waste from local restaurants/groceries, and supplementing the non-24/7 food pantries in the area.

The organizers are also looking for local residents to help maintain the fridge and provide other types of administrative support. Find the volunteer form right here. They are also accepting donations of fresh, healthy food, including canned goods. (Please label fresh food with date and ingredients.)

Trinity's Services and Food for the Homeless (SAFH) has served meals to those in need for more than 30 years. Last September, they launched College Food Pantry, which aims to help "address food insecurity among college students of all ages and backgrounds."  

This will be the third local community fridge launched since the start of the pandemic ... joining the East Village Neighbors' Fridge and Pantry outside S'Mac on First Avenue and 12th Street and the one outside Overthrow on Bleecker Street near the Bowery.


Anonymous said...

This is great. I wish more people would support The Fathers Heart Ministries on 11th between A & B. They have the large Jesus Saves sign. They have trouble getting funding from politicians because they consider them religious. The food pantry line this Saturday went down Ave B and then 3/4 of the way up 12th Street to Ave A. They do a lot for the community.

Anonymous said...

Hi! I was thinking about taking 4 large garbage bags filled with excellent boys’ snd women’s clothing to the Lutheran church, but do you know if the church you are referring to accepts clothing donations? If so, I’ll help them out instead! Do let me know.

Anonymous said...

They do not accept clothes (or at the haven't for a while).

Choresh Wald said...

This is great news. And it also looks beautiful!

jpgale said...

Hi Grieve! Thanks, as always, for your support.

Here is the form for businesses/organizations to fill out if they'd like to donate goods on a recurring basis or even just once to be picked up at their location or dropped off by them at the fridge:

-Paul Gale