Lafayette,LA- Last year taught us a lot about how we should stick together and help one another as a community. That's exactly what one organization is doing in hopes it motivates others to do the same.
"I want to be able to help the world and make it a better place."
It's the time for giving, but that's something that the Lafayette Community Fridge has made their mission since the beginning.
Organizer Phallie Miller says that the pandemic and severe weather shed more light on food insecurity, "People were staying home. Kids were at home. Some people rely on their kids eating that free meal at public school, and then we had a hurricane season. After Hurricane Ida, it felt like more people were reaching out."
Miller thanks those who help fill the community fridge saying it's important to give back because one day you may need someone to help you. "You should treat this neighborhood and this community fridge just like your family, you know, and we want to show each other that same support."
Erinn Quinn sees community fridges as a lifeline for neighborhoods, "No one story is alike, and it's just the attitude around it. Seeing that we are able to come together and help people and make connections with our neighbors and be able to all help each other."
Quinn also says that the community fridge is all about solidarity and not charity, "We are trying to stand in solidarity with our neighbors. We are not separate. We are all together. We are all in this together despite what our different economic struggles might be."
If you would like to donate any goods, you can stop by the Lafayette Community Fridge and drop them off. they have donation guidelines listed online at https://www.facebook.com/LafayetteFridge/.
Lafayette Community Fridge also does five dollars fridays for those who cannot bring goods by. With every donation that is received, the organization buys food to stock the fridge.