The Port Chester Friendly Fridge is a type of mutual aid project that enables food to be shared within a community. Unlike traditional food pantries, anyone can put food in and take food out without limit, helping to remove the stigma from its use.
Five Westchester High School students — Charlie Hirschhorn (Scarsdale High School), Ryan Frieman (Blind Brook High School), Alexa Hoberman (Blind Brook High School), Jordan Hoberman (Blind Brook High School) and Marissa Savner (Blind Brook High School) have brought this initiative of “neighbors feeding neighbors” to Port Chester making it the first Friendly Fridge in Westchester County. The PC Friendly Fridge was launched aiming to reduce food insecurity, while also reducing food waste. The goal is to enable people facing hardship to have easy access to fresh, nutritious food.
Located at the Carver Center, 400 Westchester Avenue, Port Chester NY, the Friendly Fridge is stocked with perishables such as milk, eggs, butter and bread, all of which is available to anyone who needs them, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “Take what you need, leave what you don’t.” The students have created a team of their peers and families who “shop and drop” daily, weekly and monthly. They are continuously looking for more members to join their “shop and drop” team which you can do by clicking here.
The fridge is independently run 100% on donations. Please consider donating to their Go Fund Me page.
pictured from left to right. Alexa Hoberman, Jordan Hoberman, Charlie Hirschhorn, Ryan Frieman, Marissa Savner
kneeling Matt Litwack, Artist