Here in Baton Rouge, we now have two of our own Community Fridges! When I learned that we had a mutual aid fridge in the Baton Rouge area, I was so excited to help! I took this opportunity to show my kids how to help our friends and neighbors. We added some items to our grocery list that were high in demand items and we made a drop-off!
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about the Baton Rouge Community Fridge.
Where are the Baton Rouge Community Fridges Located?
1600 Government Street at @yeswecannibal (Instagram)
2303 Government Street at @theredshoesbr (Instagram)
What is Mutual Aid?
Mutual aid is a voluntary reciprocal exchange of resources and services for mutual benefit. Mutual aid projects are a form of political participation in which people take responsibility for caring for one another and changing political conditions. What does that mean exactly? It means that Baton Rouge Community Fridge recognizes that our well-being, health, and dignity are all bound up in each other.
How can I help?
There are plenty of ways to help! First, connect with Baton Rouge Community Fridge on Instagram, @BRcommunityfridge. There you will find sign-ups for cleaning shifts, information on MOST needed items & regular posts on when the fridge is low on items for our community.
What are some High Demand Items?
Water & Sports Drinks
Bananas, oranges, and apples
Sandwiches (Please label each individual bag with sandwich type)
Ready-to-eat & heat meals (Labeled with allergy info)
Period Products & other Hygiene Items
Are there any items that are NOT allowed?
BR Community Fridge asks that you do not donate raw meat, fish or poultry, alcohol, medications, opened or half-eaten foods, or anything you would not give friends or family.
As well as vegetable cups, applesauce cups, Large 10 lb. cans, cans with more than 6 services and large quantities of canned beans or veggies. These are items they have noticed do not get used by our community regularly.
Below is Baton Rouge Community Fridge’s Donation Guide as well as a graphic of high-demand items.