The concept of community fridges is gaining popularity in large urban centers like Toronto. A great example of this is Community Fridges Toronto (who go by the name of @cf___to on Instagram). Focused on enabling mutual aid during the COVID-19 pandemic which has increased food insecurity throughout the world, this organization partners with local businesses that are open to hosting a fridge and appoints volunteers to maintain it throughout.
Those who can contribute to the community fridges with food, fresh produce, beverages, and even sanitary products such as masks and tampons, can do so at any time during the day. In turn, those who can benefit from the items in the fridge are welcome to take anything they need.
Currently, there are five community fridges and pantries in Toronto, located on Dunn Avenue, College Street West, Adelaide Street West, Pape Avenue, and Dundas Street East.
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