Burnaby
Community
Fridge

Free Groceries!
Take Something,

Leave Something!

@BurnabyFridge
#BurnabyFridge

The Burnaby Community Fridge is ready for you!

Based on similar programs in Canada and around the world, the Burnaby Community Fridge Program will provide something many people in our community need most – food.

The Community Fridge Program provides this in a safe, low barrier and nonjudgmental way. It provides a place for people in our neighbourhoods to give and take, to reduce waste and feed their children better. It builds and enhances our food security in Burnaby.

Go visit one of the fridge locations listed below, and feel free to take something or leave something!

Follow the fridge at @burnabyfridge on Instagram, and stay tuned for more details!

Locations

Burnaby Youth Hub, 4750 Imperial Street

SFU Student Union Building, #1341 – SUB 3100, 888 University Drive

Things We Like

  • Fresh produce
  • Dairy – Bread
  • Grab and Go Foods
  • Pantry Items
  • Prepared Meals (made in a commercial kitchen, labelled with ingredients)

Please Don’t Donate

  • Expired Food
  • Rotting Food
  • Home Cooked Food
  • Open Packages of Food
  • Leftovers
  • Clothing or housewares

Fridge FAQs

What items do you accept?

We do accept: 

  • Fresh produce
  • Dairy
  • Bread
  • Grab and Go Foods
  • Pantry Items
  • Prepared Meals (made in a commercial kitchen) 

We don’t accept:

  • Expired Food 
  • Rotting Food
  • Home Cooked Food 
  • Open Packages of Food 
  • Leftovers
  • Clothing or housewares
Can we leave our leftovers in the fridge or an opened or expired product?

No. The fridges should be an act of intentional care and to provide access to safe and healthy food that would be found at a grocery store.

Can we make meals for the fridge?

At this point we only accept food prepared in a licensed food grade kitchen and by cooks with food handling certificates. If your restaurant is preparing food it should be labelled with all ingredients, date made, and name of your establishment. Items should be packaged well and individually portioned.

What do we do if someone is taking “too much food”? They don’t look like they were “in need”.

The Fridges operate under the ‘take something, leave something’ philosophy where access to healthy food: meals, produce, protein, can be accessed, no questions asked. We will not police who is taking the food or how much. Some people have large families, or are helping to distribute to neighbours in need. There are many reasons why someone may need to access the fridge and they are all valid.

How can I get involved?

You could add items for the fridge to your grocery list, you could gather friends or neighbours to encourage participation in filling the fridge. You can share and promote the fridges on social media! If you are a business owner you could host a fridge! Get in touch to host a fridge!

For more information, please contact acreamer@divisionsbc.ca.

Thank you to the PCN Food Security Working Group, the Burnaby Youth Hub, Refood and Regal Rotaracts for making this program possible!