Free Food Movement Advances in Richmond
RVA Community Fridges has grown in the past two years from one fridge on Venable Street to more than 10 throughout Richmond. Community partnerships and the volunteer base have also grown, advancing opportunities such as Harvest Days at Goatocado Gardens, where a community member can sign up to come to a local farm and work with the crew members to harvest and deliver locally grown produce to the community fridges. Or they can sign up for weekly pickups and drop-offs from partners like Fonticello Food Forest or for cleaning shifts at any fridge on their own time. A recent partnership with Richmond Food Not Bombs will create a storefront for RVA Community Fridges; a safe space where community can gather and share free food.
The core volunteer team is also expanding to include more community members that are passionate about different aspects of the RVA Community Fridges, from putting up more fridges and hosting events and fundraisers to working on sustainability methods and connecting with community members and potential partners. The payoff will be seeing the storefront open and new Community Fridge locations pop up around the city.
If you or anyone one you know would like to find or support the RVA Community Fridges, you can check out our website at www.rvacommunityfridges.com, Instagram: @rvacommunityfridges, Facebook: RVA Community Fridges, or GoFundMe at RVA Community Fridges Building Funds!