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South Loop Love Fridge needs volunteers, food donations as demand remains high

South Loop Love Fridge needs volunteers, food donations as demand remains high
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SOUTH LOOP — The South Loop Love Fridge that helps people in need get free food is looking for donations and volunteers.

The 24-hour community refrigerator, 2023 S. Prairie Ave., is one of 23 in Chicago. In recent months, more people have stopped by to pick up food as food prices rise and people struggle with the financial impact of the pandemic, said Dan Goldberg, who helps manage the refrigerator.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ August Consumer Price Index, food prices are up 8.8 percent from a year ago. Many food pantries struggle to keep products in stock.

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Neighbors have tried to do their part to keep the South Loop refrigerator stocked by delivering food, but the last six months have been particularly challenging, Goldberg said. It’s not uncommon for the Love refrigerator to be fully stocked in the morning and completely empty by noon, Goldberg said.

“I think that the refrigerator is used much more because of the high food prices. Some people believe the refrigerator is for the homeless — it’s for anyone who is insecure about food, and that’s a lot of people,” said Goldberg, a food photographer who lives in the area. dinner and others who come here in the evening to eat for their families.It is a wide range.”

People can help by bringing groceries to Love Fridges at any time and leaving them for those in need. To volunteer or host a Love Fridge, visit the organization’s website.

Love Fridges hosts and volunteers in other parts of Chicago have problems similar to the South Loop refrigerator, Goldberg said.

The Love Fridge organization does have a central location where volunteers can pick up food for specific refrigerators. Because some neighborhoods move through food faster than others, Goldberg said he’s trying not to tap into that resource, preferring to rely on neighbor contributions.

Local chefs have served gourmet meals. Justice of the Pies owner Maya Camille Broussard is known for filling the fridge with 25 of her homemade pies at a time, and former chef Luciano owner would stop by Goldberg’s house to prepare 100 meals for neighbors to take home. to take, he said.

Any of the following is welcome to bring to a Love Fridge:

  • Sealed Packaged Food
  • cheeses
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • table sauces
  • Pastry
  • Bread
  • Unopened pasteurized milk and yogurt
  • Unopened fruit juices
  • Fresh eggs (with best before date)
  • Meat products (in sealed packaging with a best-before date)

Nothing like this is allowed:

  • Raw meat
  • Raw milk cheeses
  • Raw fish
  • Packaged items with no best before date
  • Open Items
  • Everything you wouldn’t consume yourself
  • Half-eaten leftovers
  • Alcohol

That means no throwing out leftover pizza or similar from your refrigerator, Goldberg said.

“If there’s food in it that isn’t good or something that doesn’t look like I’d like to eat it, I’ll throw it away. It should be good, clean, healthy food for everyone,” Goldberg said.

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