Enough food is produced around the globe to feed every human, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization, yet hundreds of millions go hungry every day. Even in the US, a wealthy country by many metrics, roughly 35 million people were exposed to severe levels of food insecurity in 2019 and that number grew during the pandemic. Enter the community fridge movement. Across the US, hundreds of community fridges have sprung up, offering free food to anyone, with no questions asked. In many cases, these fridges have sprung up in response to individuals and communities asking themselves, “What can I do?” While the fridges don’t address the root cause of food insecurity, they do start to create a network of support for vulnerable people and communities and can lead to systemic changes.

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