Hamiton community fridge says it got expired meat, rotten produce

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Published July 23, 2021 at 2:25 am

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A volunteer group that strives to reduce food insecurity in Hamilton got a donation it did not use.

On Thursday, Community Fridges HamOnt said that expired meat and rotten produce was left at its Gilkson fridge/pantry at 44 Greendale Dr., on the west Mountain.

“We’re able to handle this sort of thing … but where is the consideration?” the group wrote on Twitter. “EVERYONE deserves good, fresh food, regardless of access barriers they may have. Our hosts and our volunteers deserve to have their time and space respected. This is not a dumping ground.”

Community Fridges HamOnt was created in March. The Gilkson and Beasley location (249 John St. N.) are each accessible 24 hours a day and features items such as fresh food, canned goods, and toiletries that have been donated by others in the community. 

A pinned tweet on Community Fridges’ account gives a list of donation suggestions and ‘no, thanks’ items.’ Raw meat and rotting and wilted food are high up on the latter list.

Community Fridges HamOnt says it is also planning to add a third location in the Crown Point neighbourhood.

(Cover photo via Community Fridges HamOnt.)

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