In collaboration with the Healthier, Greener, Kinder Foundation, No Child Goes Hungry (NCGH) is pleased to provide Mott Haven Fridge Network with a $2,000 grant. The funds will enable the non-profit to add and winterize a third community refrigerator to its hunger-relief network based in Uptown Manhattan and the Bronx.
Two sixth-grade teachers founded Mott Haven Fridge Network in response to the widespread food insecurity they witnessed among their students’ families. Today, Mott Haven Fridge maintains two outdoor, freestanding refrigerators that provide community members in the poorest congressional district in the United States with 24/7, no-questions-asked-access to fresh produce and other essentials. The fridges are stocked by donations from individuals, local businesses, and community partners and cleaned and maintained by a grassroots community volunteer network. With accolades from local, national, and international news, Mott Haven Fridge is a lifeline and beacon of hope for a community plagued by food insecurity. Watch the video below to learn more about Mott Haven Fridge and its team of relentless and selfless volunteers.
While the existing two Mott Haven fridges alone provide thousands of pounds of food per month to families in need, the organization also organizes and co-funds distribution events that provide tens of thousands of pounds of food to community hub throughout Uptown Manhattan and the Bronx, some of which are other community refrigerators.
“In the past several months, Mott Haven Fridge has also begun rescuing thousands of pounds of food directly from the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market and using our volunteers and technology to distribute it throughout NYC,” said Daniel Zauderer, Mott Haven Fridge Co-Founder.
“Mott Haven Fridge is an inspiration to small organizations with big aspirations for hunger-relief efforts everywhere,” said NCGH Founder and Director Kären Rasmussen. “Tackling the issue of childhood hunger in a region of two million people may intimidate some people, but not the volunteers on the Mott Haven Fridge team. They understand, as so many of us do that it all begins with one meal, one child at a time. I am thrilled to help support their mission for a hunger-free New York City.”
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