Since the coronavirus pandemic millions of Americans out of work, many neighborhood coolers have sprung up around New York City to help people in need of food.
Each morning, in the Bronx area of the Riverdale, food activist Sela Raven and Sarah Allen rebuild their Broadway fridge.
“They ‘re hungry, the people’s hungry. We don’t know how they’re going to turn out, but we have seen the need,” Raven said.
The need has been overwhelming since the COVID-19 outbreak.
In Harlem, the couple was influenced by another cooler.
“We both worked for volunteering, but she has asthma so we want anything to support us because we don’t have any interaction with people,” said Allen.
So they purchased a refrigerator and asked various businessmen to drain their electricity.
The Last Stop Bar and Restaurant owner of The Last Stop, PD Singh, has given them a lead and he’s now like a proud father.
“In the beginning, it was a crazy idea,” said Singh. “I had to step back when we saw everybody profit and say, ‘I do something very cool right now.'”
Some 15 refrigerators in New York City are currently available.
Every has his own story, including that of a teenager in Washington Heights who has experienced hunger problems.
After doing her own shopping, Emily drops off things, but she wouldn’t be embarrassed to take anything if she wanted them.
“It’s not the haves that give nots. Everyone contributes, everyone takes,” said Emily.
Around the beginning of July, sporadic fridges started to pop in Los Angeles. They appeared scattered in various areas of the city, and there were no two alike. Some of them are found on the main roads, others on side streets and some in the entrance to a house in a suburban area.
Some of the feature artworks are entitled to English and Spanish messages that allow people in the group to “take whatever food you and their families may need.”
They are recognised by similar New York City groups as the Los Angeles Neighborhood Fridges. Nevertheless, the L.A project. He took on his own life in the form of Angeleno.
Local artists have come to paint the coolers in vibrant and enticing colors to look inside and not to be shy. One has even a crayon to leave messages of hope on his hand. People donated additional refrigerators they no longer wanted or used, while other people moved into their new homes using a truck. Electricity charging that keep each well-stocked fridge running 24/7, has been created by shop owners and even one house owner.
And they are beginning to increase, particularly in areas that are hardest hit by the pandemic financially. The high degree of food poverty in Los Angeles, which aims to fill the gap between school meals and food banks, as well as shelters, is unparalleled.
Everything you can take is no cap. In 48 hours much of the food is gone only so that the good Samaritans can enjoy surplus food from a Costco course, their local victory garden or donations from a soda company or restaurant. Many tables are set next to the refrigerators with bread and other baked goods. Others even take clothing off.
This January, with the intention of creating an environment where coffee is made and people are created, Joshua Mock opened his coffee shop Little Amsterdam Coffee in the Mid City. Then hit COVID-19. Instead of panicking, he started to give medical workers and senior citizens free drinks. Joshua also agreed to slow down the pandemic with its first respondents and small businesses. So it was no surprise that he was one of the first small business owners to seek an L.A. Community refrigerator to be mounted outside its store.
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Mock wonders if the utility company would help to cover the costs of running the numerous Group refrigerators with tight money for Angelenose. This is a wonderful question. It is a great question. SMEs seek to save their stores and support those in need, and it seems that it will be a welcome relief to cut off the extra energy that the refrigerators carry up.
While, these shop owners are committed to keeping the refrigerators going as long as possible. This is a lifeline for those who need food at the moment.
There are no security departments and very few hard-and-fast laws as a group initiative. Take anything you like. Take something. Do not ask any questions. As often as you want, take food and drinks. This is why they are there. They ‘re there. The only rules are simple, such as taking out and tossing vegetables or other things beyond their premium. See a breakthrough? Be good before you leave and pick it up. Put the new products in the rear of the fridge and transfer the older stuff to the front, so that it is first used.
Nutrition based on plants and L.A are favored. Public fridge group requests not to keep meat in the refrigerators because it can go bad and they don’t want sick people. There is also plenty of eggs and milk, hotdog buns and hamburgers, and occasionally you can also find ice cream for children at freezers. Household food is also allowed. You ask for all COVID-19 steps to be taken seriously when preparing food and to leave a note mentioning food allergies to a individual and to date the products before you leave them.