About VCFP

โ€œColonization doesnโ€™t respect the right to food.โ€

๐ŸŒŽ ๐Ž๐ฎ๐ซ ๐Œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง

The Vancouver Community Fridge Project is a decentralized food distribution network and mutual aid initiative created to provide healthy, free food and essential supplies to our communities across lower mainland.

Our mission is to combat food insecurity by encouraging our communities to take part in laterally-directed mutual aid, starting with providing free, safe, non-policed, accessible and nutritious foods through community fridges and pantries.

๐Ÿง ๐–๐ก๐จ ๐‘๐ฎ๐ง๐ฌ ๐“๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐“๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ?

Working in a non-hierarchal fashion, currently, the organizers are comprised of primarily femme-identifying people, a number of BIPOC, and many people with experience and passion regarding food justice and social justice.

๐Ÿ’ญ ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐–๐ž ๐๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž

VCFP firmly believes that everyone has a right to eat. Food insecurity should not be adding to the stress of the already insurmountable challenges facing our vulnerable communities. Along with sharing resources, connecting and building communities founded on care, solidarity and mutual aid, we are always looking to improve upon our intersectional approaches to provide critical support where itโ€™s needed most.

๐Ÿ’“ ๐Ž๐ฎ๐ซ ๐„๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ฌ

All fridges and pantries that are apart of the VCFP network will be operating on a strict no policing, no-shame policy. This means, the VCFP does not condone patrolling how fridge users engage with the fridge, gatekeeping, or any exclusionary or harmful behaviours. The fridges should be accessible, welcoming places based on trust and communication of needs, established by and for the community.

๐Ÿฆ‹ ๐€ ๐…๐ข๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐๐จ๐ญ๐ž

Please note that this is a collaborative initiative by volunteers to create a broad network of active fridges and pantries in the community. Anyone can set up and operate a fridge outside of the VCFP; what we offer is infrastructure so that needs can be met on a larger scale, and locations that are connected and accessible to as many people as possible.

๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ ๐€ ๐–๐š๐ซ๐ฆ ๐“๐ก๐š๐ง๐ค ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ

To Julia Kidder, for providing diligent and invaluable research on community fridges and laterally-directed mutual aid upon which the VCFP has built itself on.

To all the community fridges that came before us, inspire us, and work in solidarity to fight against food insecurity.

๐ŸŒฟ ๐‹๐š๐ง๐ ๐€๐œ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ๐ฅ๐ž๐๐ ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ

Our land acknowledgement begins by acknowledging it is a privilege to be gathering as uninvited guests in โ€œCanada.โ€ This initiative operates on the unceded and ancestral lands of the xสทmษ™ฮธkสทษ™yฬ“ษ™m (Musqueam), Sแธตwxฬฑwรบ7mesh (Squamish), and sษ™lilฬ“ilwฬ“ษ™taส”ษฌ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. It is important to recognize that โ€œCanadaโ€ and โ€œVancouverโ€ and most other place names on this land have been imposed by settler colonialists, and function to erase the long history of thriving Indigenous nations on this land before European contact. We benefit daily from this land being stolen from these nations and the ongoing system of settler colonialism that enacts violence in its various forms against Indigenous bodies.


How to get involved

๐Ÿค ๐•๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ž๐ซ ๐–๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐”๐ฌ

We are currently in the process of fine tuning our volunteer sign up and shift process but in the meantime we are accepting volunteers in preparation of upcoming fridge launches.

Volunteer tasks include: fridge cleaning (with supplies provided or brought from home), checking the fridge (making sure the fridge is orderly, fridge needs, checking temps, and the location premises for potential hazards or issues, etc.)

Other offerings and volunteer tasks that are always welcome: donating a fridge or pantry, transportation and heavy lifting, people willing to hang flyers, grant writing and more.

We are currently beginning operations in Mount Pleasant, DTES, and Kensington-Cedar Cottage.

[volunteer intake form is on the first page]

๐ŸŒ ๐–๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐‡๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š ๐…๐ซ๐ข๐๐ ๐ž?

We are thrilled youโ€™re interested in setting up a community fridge!

We are always happy to partner with individuals and local businesses to join our aspiring broad network of volunteer-ran fridges.

Things to keep in mind
* we are aiming to focus our efforts on hosts that represent and serve workers in the community
* Newer businesses that strive to be ethically minded should consider opening their own fridges and we can provide the guidelines weโ€™re operating under.
* Gentrification plays a large role against the safety and comfort of our vulnerable communities, please be mindful of this when looking to be accessible
* Have you checked in with your landlord/ property manager and any neighbouring establishments that may be affected?
* Is your potential hosting location sheltered and accessible ?
* Do you have a pantry or would you need one sourced/made?

[Host form is on the first page]

More information for hosts and volunteers will be available closer to launch time. ๐Ÿš€

Thank you!