Community Fridges Offer Free Food To The Neighbourhood

If you’ve walked down College street in the Brockton Village neighbourhood recently, you may have noticed two mini fridges sitting out on the sidewalk. One has a sign on it reading “Free Food”, the other, “Take what you need. Leave what you don’t.”

The fridges are part of a community-run initiative led by Ten Restaurant’s executive chef Julian Bentivegna and community organizer Jalil Bokhari. They started the initiative to help reduce food insecurity by allowing community members to donate and pick up fresh food as needed, no shame or questions asked.

“It’s been really great to see the community involvement. We just got the fridges set up out front, but the community fills them up with produce,” said Bentivegna, chef-owner of Ten Restaurant in an article by The Chronicle Herald.

Bentivegna donates surplus food from his restaurant that would typically be thrown out at the end of the day.