INDIVISIBLE AURORA PRESENTS…

THE COMMUNITY FRIDGE PROJECT

ENDIRO COFFEE

COMMUNITY FRIDGE

Our first fridge is located near Endiro's lower-level entrance, next to the Fox River.


Address

Endiro Coffee

29 W New York St

Aurora, IL 60506

FOR COMMUNITY FRIDGE MANAGERS

Thank you, for your efforts to keep our fridge stocked, safe, and clean today.

Click below to find the fridge manager checklist

Mutual aid not as a form of charity, but as a practice of reciprocal and collective community care.

Via @thelovefridgechicago

Community Fridge Network in Chicago

For any concerns or complaints please contact us.

Fridge Maintenance

This fridge is safety-checked at least once a day and cleaned at least once a week. Any item that doesn’t comply with the fridge rules will be removed.

We have volunteers that are food safety handling certified and PCQI (Preventative Controls Qualified Individual) certified.


Our fridge is bolted to the base of the shelter so it is safely secured.

WHAT CAN BE DONATED

Sealed packaged goods

Cheeses

Eggs

Fresh produce

Pop-top canned items

Cake mix

Table sauces

Bread

Dairy & dairy-free milk

Raw meat (freezer only)

Nut butters*

Non-alcoholic beverages

Fruit juices

Lunch meats (store-bought, in sealed package with a use-by date)

Baby formula (expiry date labeled)

Baby food pouches

Cooking oils

Coffee and/or Tea

Granola bars

Other pantry staples

All donated items can be dropped off at the fridge ANY TIME – no need to contact us. However, we ask that donors keep things tidy and clean up any messes they see or make (see fridge rules).

– All your donations are gratefully acknowledged –

WHAT CANNOT BE DONATED

Half-eaten leftovers

Leftovers from home

Any food in a broken or unsealed container or package

Expired foods

Alcohol

Anything you would not feed your family


OTHER ACCEPTED DONATIONS

Besides food, we also accept donations of

  1. Toiletries
  2. First-aid products
  3. Menstrual hygiene products
  4. Baby formula
  5. Diapers & wipes
  6. Food-safe gloves
  7. PPE
  8. Winter hats & gloves
  9. Tarps
  10. Hand warmers
  11. Pet food


AIMING TO BUILD STRONGER COMMUNITIES THROUGH THE MUTUAL AID PRACTICE OF FOOD SHARING

FRIDGE ETIQUETTE

Community fridges provide easy access to fresh food with few barriers and restrictions.

  1. Please wear a mask, ensure your hands are clean, and wear food-safe gloves when handling food.
  2. Avoid unnecessary contact with food items to prevent contamination.
  3. If you notice food has gone bad or packaging has been compromised, please throw it away.
  4. Check use-by dates on food products before taking.
  5. Do not consume prepared food seven days after bringing it home.
  6. Please put new donations towards the back of the shelves so that food gets eaten in the order it is donated.
  7. Do not leave donations if the fridge or pantry are FULL.
  8. If you notice or cause a spill, please clean up after yourself.
  9. If you notice the fridge needs maintenance or is above 41 degrees Fahrenheit (not cooling), please get in touch via email at info@indivisibleaurora.org or fridge@indivisibleaurora.org

“Take what you need, leave what you can”

Unofficial Community Fridge Motto

RESTAURANT DONATIONS

Any food donated from a local restaurant should be sealed and accompanied by a purchased or prepared-by date. Any restaurant prepared food will be discarded after 7 days. Remember! No leftovers, please.

HOME-COOKED FOOD

If you wish to cook food for the community fridge, please make sure to following these rules:

  1. PUT MEALS IN A SEALED CONTAINER
  2. LABEL INGREDIENTS CLEARLY
  3. INCLUDE A PREPARED-BY DATE
  4. IDEALLY, WEAR FOOD-SAFE GLOVES WHEN PREPARING FOOD

Any homemade meals not taken from the fridge will be disposed of after seven days.

Any homemade foods that do not follow our rules will be disposed of immediately.


MAKE A MONETARY DONATION

Help us continue to make this project sustainable. Your donation provides funds for additional community fridges or the purchase of fridge related food items when necessary.

Please add "Community Fridge" in the comment section of our donation form so that we can allocate your donation correctly. Thank you.

In order to make an offline donation we ask that you please follow these instructions:

Make a check payable to "Indivisible Aurora" and add "Community Fridge" on the Memo line

Please mail your check to:

Indivisible Aurora

3015 East New York St

Suite A2-273

Aurora, IL 60504


All donations are gratefully acknowledged.

Need more information, have a question, or interested in volunteering – send us a message!

fridge@indivisibleaurora.org


Fridge #1 – Endiro Coffee

29 W New York St, Aurora, IL 60506

Located in the food courtyard,lower-level, next to the river.

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