New ‘Community Fridge’ helping fight food insecurities in Capital City area

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Food has been hard to find after two big weather events and now several organizations in Baton Rouge are teaming up to feed those in need.

Along Government Street, nestled in the heart of Mid City sits the Baton Rouge Community Fridge.

The outdoor food pantry is a partnership between the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America and Yes We Cannibal.

On Friday, the fridge was restocked by volunteer John Burney-Lewis who said several volunteers had been there throughout the week working to put it together and fill it up.

“They can come here and find some food. We have our frozen items up here and then we have our other items down here where we have a lot of drinks water, cold drinks and other things like that,” said Lewis.

He said the idea for the fridge is to address food insecurities in the Capital City. According to Feeding America, over 700,000 people in our state face hunger with nearly 250,000 of those people being children.

“Everybody in this country and in this world deserves the things that they need to survive and that includes food and housing. The key part thing about a food desert or a form of retail redlining is that there aren’t many places where you can go get food, groceries or things like that in the area so this will provide that for free,” said Lewis.

All parts of the project, including the salvaged wood for the outer cover, were donated by grass-root organizations.

Lewis said the beauty of that is it’s just people helping where they can. Any volunteer can drop by to restock it to help someone in need find free food for their next meal.

“Often, they’ll say, ‘oh well, you leave it up to somebody else’ or ‘you can’t do much,’ you can do something,” said Lewis.

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