Local church opens community fridge

Local church opens community fridge
Local church opens community fridge(Local church opens community fridge)
Published: Nov. 22, 2021 at 7:03 PM CST
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PEORIA (WEEK) - People in Peoria were in awe when they came to see a different type of community pantry.

The Riverside Community Church recently opened a community fridge.

It is stocked with cold foods such as eggs and milk, along with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Tiffany Dixson said after the pandemic and with the holiday season on the horizon the fridge was extremely helpful.

“I didn’t expect all this, like the fresh fruit and stuff,” Dixson said. “I didn’t expect all this, and it’s a blessing. Between the pandemic and everything we need as much help as we can with food. Especially for the holiday’s and this is such a blessing.”

For Dixson and her son this was the closest they could get to produce, that would otherwise be too expensive.

“We can’t find fresh produce anywhere and if you do you have to pay an arm and a leg for it,” Dixson said.

When the church was open, the fridge was open and anyone could come in and take what they needed.

Head Pastor Michael Ritchason said the idea for the fridge came about after the church realized that access to food in the community was lacking, especially fresh produce.

“We wanted to take that traditional food pantry and kind of go next level with it and provide some of those things that people don’t always have access to,” Ritchason said.

Ritchason said the community stepped in and helped fill the fridge. And he has plans to keep it stocked.

“It’s been incredible to see the partnership not only within this church but in this community,” he said. “That people are looking for tangible ways that I can just help other people.”

If you would like to help, you can drop off food or supermarket gift cards Monday-Friday at Riverside Community Church from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Sunday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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