Poster for the KW Community Fridge with the name at a title in a rainbow pallet, with the words "Take what you need, leave what you can" underneath. Then the location of the Fridge "Full Circle Foods, 3 Charles Street West Kitchener" and "Open 24/7" Also an image of the community fridge building - a small wooden structure - beside Full Circle Foods. At the bottom there is the email communityfridgekw@gmail.com and the social media handle @communityfridgekw

CKMS News – 2021-03-25 – The KW Community Fridge is solidarity through mutual aid

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Host: Trish Holmes

In 2019,  10% of households in Waterloo Region experienced food insecurity. That’s close to 20,000 people struggling to provide food for themselves or their family, and these numbers most certainly increased during 2020. Food charities, such as the Food Bank, are underfunded and oversubscribed. Despite good efforts, hunger in our community persists. With an appreciation of the complex nature of hunger,  groups of individuals are stepping up to help their neighbours and fill in the gaps.

A group of Waterloo Region residents recently started a community fridge to facilitate access to high quality food and to reduce food waste in the area.

The KW Community Fridge sits at the back entrance of Full Circle Foods in downtown Kitchener at 3 Charles St West and is the first of its kind in this Region. We talked to Kamil Ahmed, one of the organizers, about the fridge and how it is going.

This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom. You can access the archives of this show on radiowaterloo.ca/news or on the national LJI website.

The music on today’s show has been ‘Fat Cartoon Jazz’ by Purple Planet Music .

 

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