Frequently Asked Questions
What food items can I donate?
We accept all produce and non-perishables, dairy products (including eggs), meat and packaged meals. All raw meat should be placed in the freezer only! Homecooked meals have to be properly labeled with all ingredients and expiration dates. PPE such as masks and hand sanitizer and reusable bags are also welcomed! We do not accept unlabeled meals, alcohol, or anything that is opened, rotted or expired.
If I make a donation, what will my money be used for?
100% of the donations we receive are re-invested in the fridges and the community. Donations are used to purchase groceries and purchase cleaning supplies for the fridges. Donations in the past have also been used for necessary household items such as can openers and supporting other mutual aid organizations in the community, such as Northwest Mutual Aid Collective.
How are Germantown Community Fridges different than other food banks?
Our fridges offer perishable items such as fruits, vegetables, meals and dairy products in addition to the non-perishable items that most traditional food banks offer. Anyone is welcome to take food from the fridges, no signup or paperwork needed. The fridges are open 24/7 which helps community members use them on their own schedule.
Are there other community fridges located throughout the city?
Yes there are! There are many locations throughout the city of Philadelphia run by many different people. You can check out where other fridges are located using this link here.