Jammella Anderson, the founder of Free Food Fridge Albany, wanted to make fresh, perishable food available to marginalized communities. Food accessibility was already an issue, and the pandemic compounded these problems during the spring of 2020. So Jammella and a group of volunteers decided to take action.
How the Free Food Fridge Began
29-year-old Albany resident, Jammella Anderson, has always been concerned about food security. “It’s part of my personal journey and quest,” says Anderson. “I wanted to work with underserved communities because I am a black woman.”
“And I know, being someone who has grown up without that security was really difficult. So this has a personal place in my heart.” As a result of Covid, Jammella and a few friends came together with the idea of a food fridge. “Other cities like New York have similar projects going with more of a give-some-take-some idea. My idea is a restoration project,” Anderson says. “Thankfully, I had a lot of media presence, so people were really excited to help amplify it,” she explained. And she has successfully raising money to support the food fridge project for the past 10 months.
Supporting the Free Food Fridges Project
Anderson is grateful for all forms of support, but there are very specific ways that you can get involved on a regular basis. “The members of the community with the financial means can support the mission financially. This allows us to provide food for the fridges through donations to the project,” explained Anderson. “Making monetary donations is a great way to get involved. It’s a huge help.” Free Food Fridge Albany PayPal is firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, you can Venmo at Jammella-Anderson or use Cash App at $JammellaAnderson.
If you’re looking for other ways to contribute, they’re always looking for fresh foods. For example, perishable items like milk, eggs, fresh vegetables, and any meal enhancers you can think of. “If someone who wants to donate food regularly can ask to be assigned items. So when they go to get their own groceries, they can get specific things for a fridge,” explained Anderson. It’s a huge help. One time donations are certainly welcome, but the Free Food Fridge goal is to create sustainability. On their website, you can also see what volunteer positions they’re looking to fill like fridge managers, administrative work. Even artists can help by making the fridges beautiful!
Where to Find Free Food Fridges and How it Works
If you need food, you can just walk up to a Free Food Fridge and help yourself – simple as that. If you want to put food in the fridges, you must first contact the organization.
“We want to help monitor what’s going in and out and it’s crucial that we abide by health rules and regulations,” explained Anderson.
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Written by: Jessica Kelly
Jess is a journalist and photographer with a focus on food, travel, and entertainment. She’s written for over 10 different local publications in New York State, in addition to the Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, AAA Northeast, Eater, Dame Traveler, Food52, Insider, Wine Enthusiast, Kitchn, AAA World Magazine, Thrillist, and more. Follow her adventures on Instagram @Adventures.Are.Waiting.