Portland Free Fridge is a “project by the community, for the community” to create a free fridge network in Portland.
Their motto of “Take what you need. Leave what you don’t. Give What You Can” means anyone is allowed to stock the fridge and anyone may take food from it.
They have laid out community guidelines that cover donation expectations including using sealed containers, labeling containers with their contents and a prohibition on expired or opened food items.
The group secured their first fridge in mid-July and, after having a shelter built to protect it from the elements, it was set up at Beetroot on NW 16th Ave. and Glisan St.
Currently there are over 15 fridges in the metro: from Kenton to Mt. Scott, Hosford-Abernathy to Parkrose, plus Beaverton and Troutdale.
Some fridges have adjacent pantries for dry goods and a few of the locations are pantries only.
One of the newest locations is at 823 SE Grant St. where the teal fridge/freezer combo with adjacent pantry sits outside the ChefStable building.
Visit their Instagram page, Instagram.com/pdxfreefridge, for more information.