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.
For more info, see location details below.
The solidarity fridge at Poor Hendrix 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.
The solidarity fridge at Refuge Coffee Co. is named in honor of Sandra Annette Bland (02/07/87 – 07/13/15).
On July 10, 2015, Sandra, a 28-year-old woman, was pulled over for a minor traffic violation by Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia. The exchange escalated, resulting in Bland’s arrest and a charge of assaulting a police officer. Three days after being arrested, Sandra was found hanged in a jail cell. Her death was ruled a suicide, but there are disputes about her cause of death.
The solidarity fridge at HodgePodge Coffeehouse is named in honor of Breonna Taylor (06/05/93 – 03/13/20).
On March 13, 2020, Breonna, a 26-year-old unarmed woman, was shot fatally in her Louisville, Kentucky apartment when white plainclothes officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove of the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) forced entry into the apartment as part of an investigation into drug dealing operations.
Elijah + Tamir
The solidarity fridges at Best End Brewing are named in honor of Elijah Jovan McClain (02/25/96 – 08/30/19) and Tamir Elijah Rice (06/25/02 – 11/23/14).
On August 24, 2019, an Aurora, Colorado citizen reported to police that McClain looked “sketchy”, but indicated that he did not believe anyone was in danger and believed McClain was unarmed. Elijah was a massage therapist who died after being placed in a chokehold by police and sedated by paramedics. Three days after arriving at the hospital he was declared brain dead and was removed from life support on August 30.
On November 22, 2014, Tamir Rice, a 12-year old boy, was killed in Cleveland, Ohio, by Timothy Loehmann, a 26-year-old white police officer. Tamir was carrying a replica toy gun; Loehmann shot him almost immediately after arriving on the scene. Tamir died the following day.