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'Community fridges' helping combat food insecurity during pandemic

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Posted at 5:24 PM, Jun 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-29 22:45:49-04

NEW YORK CITY — Community fridges are popping up all over New York City and offer free food anyone can access 24 hours a day.

On Knickerbocker Avenue and Jefferson Street in Bushwick, there is a refrigerator just outside a deli.

Francisco Ramirez said it’s a practical solution to a big problem in his community: food insecurity.

Ramirez said he's just one of dozens of volunteers who clean the fridge, give food and take food everyday.

No one is really in charge he said, and that's the beauty of it.

There are 11 of these community fridges that have popped up across the city.

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Six of them are in Brooklyn, two are in the Bronx and three are in Manhattan.

Sade Boyewa El was laid off in March and started a community fridge in Harlem on the corner of 116th Steet and Manhattan Avenue.

The community fridges in Harlem and Bushwick have Instagram accounts.

Food is delivered to the refrigerators by a network of over 50 people, including non-profit groups called In Our Hearts and Community Solidarity.