Hosting a Community Fridge starts with providing a space (with a power source!) where your community can easily access the fridge for donating and receiving at any time. Hosting a fridge also means that you are introducing yourself to your neighbors as a new Community Fridge host! We encourage hosts to take their new community role as a way to inspire and involve the support of their neighbors in making sure that this effort is collectively impactful.
BRCF’s intention with Community Fridges is to normalize mutual aid and strengthen the bond created within community care; a fridge in your neighborhood brings you closer to your neighbor. BRCF unequivocally does not support the intervention of law enforcement or policing of each other. If you feel that someone is interacting with your fridge in a way that is not in line with the intentions, please be sure to check your biases first. Then, check in with your community to find solutions that address the root of your concern.
Although BRCF aims to create a network of community fridges and volunteers in Baton Rouge, we are not a regulatory authority on community fridges. Anyone is free to start a community fridge at their business or residence, with or without the assistance of BRCF. We encourage hosts to take autonomy in this mutual aid project.
We are happy to assist however we can in setting up a community fridge for those who share our values:
Below is a step-by-step guide on how to start your own community fridge.
Talk to your neighbors to ensure the community fridge will be a welcome presence in the neighborhood. Now is a good time to discuss how to navigate potential conflict without involving the cops.
Start planning the details. Your fridge will need a weatherproof shed if it will be outdoors.
It will also need to be cleaned and checked on at least once a day (2+ times is ideal). Now is a good time to start spreading the word to potential volunteers who can help with building the shed and daily cleaning. We can also reach out to our network of volunteers.
You'll need a refrigerator and materials for building the shed. We recommend checking Nextdoor, Craigslist, and Facebook Marketplace for free or discounted finds. We can also assist in finding these things and help with purchases if we have funds available.
Put signage or write Free Food on your shed. We can announce the opening of your fridge and regular updates on our IG account. Try to use all the languages spoken in your neighborhood. Consider painting the fridge and/or shed. We can assist in finding a volunteer for that.
We are happy to answer any and all questions and share with you everything we've learned.
BRCF can also assist with the following, as resources allow: