Community fridges are large refrigerators set up in areas with lot of footfalls. They are usually located outside temples or commercial campuses or residential complexes. The fridges not only serve underprivileged poor people but also others who work outdoors like auto-rickshaw drivers, milkmen, vegetable vendors, building watchmen, courier boys etc.
Some restaurants in cities of India have come forward to install community fridges outside their establishments. Not only do they load leftover excess food that is untouched, but they even add food freshly prepared for the fridge.
Most of the fridges allow only vegetarian food to be placed. While the organisers ensure that the fridge functions normally on a continuous basis, donors take care to load food that is fresh and safe to consume. Popular items donated are fruit, milk, water, roti-sabzi, rice, dal, fried rice, poha, samosas, and so on.
The refrigerator also provides a platform for people to donate food on special occasions like birthdays, wedding anniversaries and so on.
'Fridges of Kindness' Community Fridges
In association with Rotary Bangalore Brigades, these three restaurants have set up the fridges outside their establishments. Leftover and excess food, that is untouched by customers, is loaded in the fridges.
Fridge locations: (a) Outside Mehfil Restaurant, Tasker Town, Shivajinagar
(b) Outside Byblos Restaurant, Indira Nagar 1st Stage, H Colony
(c) Carrots Restaurant, 80 Feet Main Road, Koramangala 6th Block
080-2520 0411, 4117 2812
'Annapurna' Community Fridge set up by Bhubaneswar Knights Round Table (BKRT) & Bhubaneswar Queens Ladies Circle (BQLC)
Surplus food is being donated by local residents, restaurants as well as by charitable organisations.
Fridge location: Near Sainik School, Bhubaneswar 751005
Gaurav Chawla / Anuradha Vishesh Agrawal
'Ayyamittu Unn' Community Fridge by The Public Foundation
People regularly stock the fridge with curd rice to water bottles and fruits as well as other cooked food.
Fridge location: Outside the Besant Nagar Tennis Club, Chennai
Dr Issa Fathima Jasmine
Community Fridge by 'Sharing Shelves' of Sun City
Community Fridge by 'Sharing Shelves' of Sun City
This community fridge is filled with surplus vegetarian and non-vegetarian food collected from residents. Items include milk, ghee, boxes of sweets, roti sabzi and regular everyday food.
Fridge location: Sun City, Sector 54, Gurgaon
‘Nanma Maram’ Community Refrigerator
The restaurant loads in the refrigerator 50 food packets every day and general public also donates excess food.
Fridge location: Outside Pappadavada Restaurant, Opposite Kaloor Bus Stand, Kaloor-Kadavanthara Road, Kaloor, Ernakulam 682017
“The Sustenance Fridges” by Annakshetra Foundation Trust
At these fridges, individuals and local restaurants leave surplus food like bread, puris, churma, rice, dals, fruits, sweets etc. Needy persons can come, collect the food and eat it at home.
Fridge locations: (a) Near Mahesh Nagar Police Station, Shree Gopal Nagar, Mahesh Nagar Colony, Jaipur (b) Subodh Public School, Bhawani Singh Marg, Rambagh Crossing, Jaipur 302015
0141-250 2299, 256 8477
Left-over food from restaurants as well as from residents is stocked in the fridge.
Fridge location: Outside Sanjha Chulha Restaurant, CIT Rd, Ladies Park, Beniapukur, Kolkata 700014
'Community Fridge' at Oshiwara, Andheri (W)
Residents and local restaurants load the fridge with roti-sabzi, fresh fruits and snacks ranging from burgers to vada pavs.
Near Morya Classic Society, New Link Road, Oshiwara, Andheri (W)
'Community Fridge' at Versova, Andheri (W)
This is an initiative by Versova Welfare association (VWA), who welcome the underprivileged and poor to feed themselves from the fridge. Items stocked are poha, vada-pav, roti-sabzi, snacks and fruits.
Fridge location: Vateshwar Temple, Versova.
Neki Ka Pitaara
A refrigerator with food has been placed outside the general ward of this hospital and well-wishers as well as volunteers refill the fridge constantly as and when the food gets over. The food is free for patients and their relatives. The fridge is accessible for 1 hour each in the morning and evening.
CIIMS Hospital, 88/2, Bajaj Nagar, Nagpur 440010
Madhuri Bhoskar, Trupti Tonde
0712-668 7777, 223 6441, 223 3381
“Fridging The Gap” Community Fridge
The residents from the housing society store surplus food in this fridge and the ones who need it can simply help themselves to it. Food is kept wrapped in a foil and items that have not been taken for over 12 hours are thrown away by the volunteers.
Fridge location: ATS Greens Village, Sector 93-A, Noida.
Are you a restaurant located near a community fridge? Place excess unused food in the fridge.
No community fridge in your area? Set up one on your own or together with others who are interested.
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Vishal Kumar, Mumbai
I am a regular donor of food to this fridge. Happy to note Mr Coutinho's appreciation.
Ransel Coutinho, Bandra firstname.lastname@example.org
Intrigued by this concept, I visited the community kitchen located adjecent to a temple in Versova. I was heartened to see needy locals helping themselves with food stored.
Hi Nagesh, as far as we know, there is no community fridge functioning in Pune. Why don't you take the initiative?
R P Nagesh, Pune email@example.com
I would like to donate food to any community fridge, if one is located in Baner area of Pune.