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Israel Sets Up Public Refrigerators to Feed the Hungry

August 5, 2020

by: Kate Norman

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A community fridge stationed outside Power Coffeeworks in Jerusalem

Wednesday, 5 August 2020 | As Israel—like many other nations—deals with the coronavirus and its economic fallout, over a million Israelis have found themselves without work, and many are going hungry. Seeing the need and finding a creative solution, a few young Jerusalem residents started a new initiative that will help feed the hungry and reduce food waste.

“The Fridge” project has popped up in Jerusalem and other locations across the Jewish state in which vendors place their unused food into public outdoor refrigerators at the end of the day, making it available for people to take what they need. It’s a win-win: the food doesn’t go to waste, and people who find themselves struggling to make ends meet during the COVID crisis receive desperately needed food.

The first photos of one of the outdoor refrigerators spread across social media in June, announcing the new initiative.

“We’re not crying, you’re crying,” Israel announced on its Twitter page along with a photo of the fridge. The page is run by the Foreign Ministry’s digital diplomacy team.

“We [love] this incredible initiative by Jerusalem’s young residents to feed the needy and prevent food waste,” the Israel Twitter post continued.

The project was applauded by people around the world—many who said their own cities should emulate “The Fridge” initiative.

Since the start of the pandemic, more than one million Israelis are unemployed—not including those who have been placed on unpaid leave. The nation’s leaders are considering heading into another lockdown in a few weeks to curb the further spread of the virus—meaning even more people will likely lose their livelihoods. Yet amid the uncertainty, bright spots like The Fridge project bring hope and joy as the people of Israel go out of their way to help each other through this uncertain time.

Bridges for Peace is also here to stand with and support the people of Israel through this crisis. We have received numerous calls for help as more and more Israelis struggle to make ends meet and put food on the table.

Help us answer their cries for help. By donating to our Food Project, you can not only help us feed people in desperate need, you can give the gift of love and hope to people who need it terribly.

Posted on August 5, 2020

Source: (Bridges for Peace, August 5, 2020)

Photo Credit: Michio Nagata/bridgesforpeace.com

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