Free community refrigerator
Come Visit the Freedge!
Have you heard of a Freedge? It is a community refrigerator packed with free nutritious food that breaks down barriers to food access. Open to all! 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:
Open Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 6pm
The Freedge is a collaboration of Sustainable Connections Food Recovery Program and The RE Store.
Please follow best food handling practices when visiting the Freedge.
- Do not visit the Freedge if you are feeling ill.
- Shop with your eyes first.
- Touch only what you plan to take.
- Take only what you need and leave what you do not.
- Wipe up any spills or messes you create.
- Please shut the Freedge door tight when you are done “shopping”
Donate to the freedge!
What items are allowed to be donated 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 from home gardens.
What items are allowed to be donated to the pantry?
- Commercially packaged, shelf-stable items that are unopened, including boxes, cans, and bagged gains 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.
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.
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
Cascadia Daily News: Refrigerated food pantry coming to Bellingham