We have partnered with local businesses in Metro Atlanta to be location hosts for our solidarity fridges – providing space + electricity. Each of our solidarity fridge locations were painted and constructed by a crew of community volunteers working together using donated used refrigerators + donated and/or purchased building materials.
Our community fridges are all planted outside of the business to allow 24/7, open access to free, fresh food. Anyone can put food in the fridges and anyone can take food out. We have removed all barriers and bullshit to helping those in-need by providing direct + immediate assistance. To share food with the community, simply go to a fridge and put the food inside (please be sure to follow our food donation guidelines).
Our fridges are filled and maintained by the community – FOR THE PEOPLE. FROM THE PEOPLE. This includes residents, businesses, nonprofits, churches, and more. To ensure our community fridges remain filled for our neighbors in-need, Free99Fridge also purchases food from grocery stores using monetary donations.
We call our fridges by their names as each is named in honor of a Black community family member whose life was taken tragically too soon.
Our vision for Free99Fridge is that this social experiment will represent the challenges we must overcome as a society while being the manifestation of what’s possible when we all do a little.
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The solidarity fridge at North Decatur Presbyterian Church is named in honor of Korryn Shandawn Gaines (08/24/93 – 08/01/16).
On August 1, 2016, Baltimore County Police Department officers arrived at Korryn’s apartment in Randallstown, Maryland to serve her a warrant. Korryn was in the apartment with her five-year-old son and armed herself with a shotgun. A standoff between Korryn and police ensued. One police officer fired a shot and Korryn fired back with buckshot. Officers responded with three shots, hitting Korryn. Korryn’s five-year-old son, Kodi, survived being shot by police in the crossfire.