New Hamilton community fridge opens


Published November 19, 2021 at 9:38 pm

A new community fridge and pantry is now up and running in central Hamilton.

The Locke Street Community Fridge, located at 115 Stanley Ave., is collecting fresh produce, frozen goods, dried goods like rice and pasta, snacks, and personal care items including menstrual and dental hygiene products, as well as diapers. The mutual aid project allows anyone can put food in and take food out without limit, with the hope of reducing the stigma from its use.

Community members can also leave requests for items.

Suggestions for a donation include:

  • Baby formula
  • Breakfast items
  • Canned goods (beans, pasta sauce, soup)
  • Cheese and eggs
  • Fresh and/or frozen fruits and vegetables
  • Frozen prepared meals
  • Meals from certified kitchens (which must be labelled with the kitchen name, allergens, ingredients and best-before date)
  • Non-alcoholic drinks (coffee, pop, juice)
  • Toiletries

The no-nos include raw meat or seafood, home-cooked meals or leftovers, ungraded eggs and rotted or wilted fruits and vegetables.

Updates about the Locke Street Community Fridge can be followed on Twitter (@LockeStFridge) and Instagram (@locke.street.fridge).

Community Fridges HamOnt also oversees three community fridges in the city. They are in the neighbourhoods of Beasley (249 John St. N.), Crown Point (204 Ottawa St. N.) and Gilkson (44 Greendale Dr.).

The Mountain Mutual Aid Network also collects food and financial donations every Wednesday from 2-6 p.m. at Saint Andrew’s United Church (479 Upper Paradise Rd.). It was founded this spring in order to help people in need who might have mobility or transit challenges that restrict travel from Hamilton Mountain to the lower city.

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