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Victoria’s first Community Fridge sets up GoFundMe to replace or repair damaged unit

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Victoria’s own Community Fridge has had a successful first year, but now, volunteers are seeking assistance as the fridge is in need of repair or replacement.

The Community Fridge, which opened in June 2021 by a group of local volunteers, operates on a “take what you need, leave what you can” basis with a goal to make food free and accessible to everyone who needs it. 

Visitors to the community fridge and pantry are asked to keep the fridge clean and organized during their visit and be mindful, taking only what they require to be considerate of others hoping to benefit from the project. 

See more: Victoria’s first Community Fridge opens in Rock Bay

It is predicted that, over the first year of operation, the Community Fridge is visited by over a hundred people everyday.

Now, after a successful first year, the Community Fridge is in need of repair or replacement. 

According to volunteers, heavy use of the fridge’s door over the last year has resulted in the door being broken. The fridge has been turned off until the issue can be resolved. 

A GoFundMe has been organized, to offset the cost of repairs, a potential new fridge, removal of the fridge and stocking the pantry with increased dry goods with additional funds to be used for future repairs, food purchasing, a second fridge for the new location (when they locate an appropriate, donated space).

At this time, volunteers are seeking ideas and information for other fridges across the city that may be able to take some pressure off the fridge in Rock Bay. 

You can visit the GoFundMe page here.

At the time of publication, the GoFundMe had exceeded their goal of $3,000.

Victoria Community Fridge

  • Where: 2725 Rock Bay Avenue
  • When: The Community Fridge is open 24/7

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