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Bronx community fridge vandalism forces nonprofit to find workaround to feed those in need

The fridge is often stocked with vegetables, sandwiches, and canned goods for those in the neighborhood. It was destroyed. Inside of the fridge lies a bucket of black paint that ruined the bottom of the fridge.

News 12 Staff

Jan 10, 2023, 10:24 PM

Updated 530 days ago

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A Kingsbridge community fridge known for helping to feed the needy was vandalized and damaged.  
The fridge is often stocked with vegetables, sandwiches, and canned goods for those in the neighborhood. It was destroyed. Inside of the fridge lies a bucket of black paint that ruined the bottom of the fridge. 
The fridge has been a staple along Broadway since 2020, and nearby churches, businesses, delis, and schools donate leftover meals, canned good and produce. They say having this service helps to keep the community thriving, and that the act of vandalism on the fridge is not to be taken lightly.  
“It was an incredibly selfish act that affected way too many people,” said Sara Allen, organizer for The Friendly Fridge in the Bronx. “We experience around 250 to 270 visitors and a day, and they don’t have access to sandwiches or vegetables… that is really sad.” 
In order to keep their services up and running, Friendly Fridge has set up tables outside of 5983 Broadway for people to grab some of the goods they need. They say they did raise enough money for a new fridge, which will be installed as soon as possible. 
Organizers from Friendly Fridge Foundation say they did file a police report and are working with the NYPD to find out who committed this crime.  


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