Currently, there are 24 fridges in Chicago including Englewood — which is a food desert. The Englewood location is marked as the first fridge powered by solar panels.
“The 1st ever SOLAR POWERED community refrigerator (i.e. FREE FOOD) in Chicago has been up and running for two weeks now,” said Keyante Aytch, who is the co-founder of SunBend Solar, a partner of The Love Fridge.
The 1st ever SOLAR POWERED community refrigerator (I.e. FREE FOOD) in Chicago has been up and running for two weeks now 🙌🏾 Recap videos and more follow up coming this week! pic.twitter.com/n4ZNpjdIN2
— Keyante H (@Keyante_H_) September 12, 2022
According to Eric Von Haynes, Food Sovereignty and Mutual Aid Advocate with The Love Fridge, the solar allows people that use the community garden to operate power tools, lighting, and other devices in Englewood.