The library's Fresh & Free Fridge program grew out of efforts to help provide Jeffersonians with access to food during the COVID-19 lockdown. Donors can now put fruits, vegetables and flowers in the fridge to help share farm and garden harvests with their neighbors. This program is designed to reduce food waste, make fresh produce available, build community spirit, and help relieve food insecurity.
The Fresh & Free fridge depends on your donations. Consider bringing a garden harvest, bag of fruit, or other produce to the fridge when you visit the library. If you have high-producing vegetables such as squash or tomatoes, bring your extras to the fridge to share with your neighbors. Our child and teen patrons especially like apples, bananas, and baby carrots.
Unexpired canned and dry goods may also be placed in the Fresh & Free Fridge. Meat & dairy, frozen items, and expired or open items may not be donated. If you represent a food bank or other organization wishing to contribute to the Fresh & Free fridge, please contact the library.