Free community refrigerator
Come Visit the Freedge!
Have you heard of a freedge? It is a community refrigerator packed with free nutritious food that is open to all! Our Freedge is a partnership of Sustainable Connections’ Food Recovery Program and The RE Store. Expect to find the Freedge packed Tuesday – Saturday with individual portions of surplus food from local restaurants, garden produce, and shelf stable pantry items. The Freedge is located behind the RE Store near the RE Patch Community Garden. It is only open for food access during the hours listed below:
2316 Kulshan St. Bellingham, WA 98225
Open Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 6pm
Please follow best food handling practices when visiting the Freedge.
- All welcome! This food is for everyone in our community.
- Please do not visit the Freedge if you are sick.
- Please take only what you will eat!
- Please look with your eyes and read labels first. Do not touch what you don’t plan to take.
- It takes a community! Feel free to clean out any spoiled items and put them in the appropriate waste bin.
- Wipe up any spills or messes you create.
Donate to the freedge!
- Commercially cooked and prepared meals from Food Recovery Program participating businesses. All items must be labeled and dated.
- Washed whole fruits and vegetables
- Commercially packaged items, including boxes, cans, and bagged grains and cereals.
- Baked goods, including cookies, sweet breads, and muffins. Items must be individually wrapped, labeled, and dated.
- Unopened, commercially packaged, shelf-stable items, including boxes, cans, and bagged grains and cereals. These can be donated by commercial and home donors.
- Baked goods from home and commercial donors Including cookies, sweet breads, and muffins. Items must be individually wrapped, labeled, and dated. No temperature-sensitive items.
- Unopened, commercially packaged items, including boxes, cans, and bagged grains and cereals.
- Shelf-stable baked goods, including cookies, sweet breads, and muffins. Items must be individually wrapped, labeled, and dated.
What items are not allowed?
- No raw meats of any kind.
- No home-cooked meals.
- No rotting food.
- No non-perishable items more than 3 months past the expiration date.
- No pre-opened items.
Volunteer for the Freedge
All volunteers are pre-scheduled and trained by the Food Recovery Program. Volunteers can help out in many ways:
- Transporting donations from participating businesses to the freedge
- Monitoring the contents of the freedge, checking for spoiled food, and taking temperatures
- Cleaning the freedge by wiping it out with provided cleaning supplies and emptying trash bins
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-647-7093 x119 for more information about volunteering.
In the News
Whatcom Talk: Sustainable Connections Announces Bellingham’s First community Freedge
Cascadia Daily News: Refrigerated food pantry coming to Bellingham
Tri-city Herald: Sustainable Connections’ ‘Freedge’ offers anyone free perishable foods in Bellingham
Bellingham Herald: Sustainable Connections’ ‘Freedge’ offers anyone free perishable foods in Bellingham