Community fridge helps feed those in need in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – A Philadelphia teacher found a creative way to feed those in need.

Mount Airy’s Jane Ellis is a fourth grade teacher at Greene Street Friends School in Philadelphia’s Germantown.

“I love children. I love teaching. I love learning. I love reading books and learning new things, and there is nothing better than seeing the light in children when they are learning and themselves upset about it, “she said.

When classes went virtual, Ellis was looking for ways to connect with her students and the community. So she introduced the “Germantown fridge” idea to the school and they approved it.

“The refrigerator in Germantown Ward is a free ward-operated fridge. It is for the ward and is designed to bring free food to anyone who needs to take it,” she said.

The refrigerator is located on the outside of the school and is surrounded by a woodshed so anyone can safely access it 24/7 without asking questions.

“As it was known, we have many local organizations, grocery stores and bakeries that have consistently donated,” she said. “Some people make a homemade meal and then they put it in bulk in the refrigerator, which is nice too.”

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They even have a motto: “Take what you need and leave what you can.”

“I think the best thing about the refrigerator is how much it promotes community. The number of people I’ve met and got to know, whether it’s building the shed or talking to a community member who Donate food or take food, whether it’s COVID times or not, I hope people can see that even something like a refrigerator can really make communal bonds. ”

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