A community fridge, where people can get fresh and dry foods or leave donations, will soon be available at P.S. 5 Port Morris in the Bronx.
Our SONYC after-school program has set out to create a community fridge. The plan is for the fridge to sit in front of the school at P.S. 5 Port Morris, 564 Jackson Avenue Avenue, Bronx, NY 10455 for the first week and then it will be moved to its final location, the community bodega or the pharmacy.
“The fridge was made for the less fortunate people who cannot afford meals, therefore they can grab and take food to feed their families,” said Jasleen, Khyri and Tyleer (8th grade seniors)
Youth at ASPIRA after-school program at P.S. 5 Port Morris collectively painted the fridge and decided it was important to have the encouraging message.
“Everyone Eats Over Here” to communicate to anyone passing by that the food inside is free and available to everyone. “We took a few weeks to paint it. We took breaks to finish it. But we finished it,” said Jasleen, Khyri and Tyleer (8th grade seniors)
“The goal is to have the fridge filled everyday, weekends included and to make sure there’s no hungry stomachs in the South Bronx and beyond,” said Jamaal Thompson, Program Director.
The after-school program is hoping to partner up with a food pantry so that the fridge can be filled with fresh fruits, fresh veggies, dry foods, and frozen foods to provide food for those in need.
These types of resources have been around for a few years in other communities, and more have popped up in response to the food insecurity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
IF YOU ARE A LOCAL COMMUNITY MEMBER OR ORGANIZATION THAT WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE TO ITS SUCCESS, CONTACT JAMAAL THOMPSON AT 646-388-1121 OR AT JTHOMPSON@NYASPIRA.ORG