The Rock Hill Community Fridge


“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

The Rock Hill Community Fridge located outside of The Mercantile at the Warehouses on White.

The Mercantile, located in the Warehouses on White, now proudly hosts Rock Hill’s first Community Fridge. The Rock Hill Community Fridge is a fridge full of free food for our community. With the goal of eradicating food waste and insecurity, the fridge aims at using food that would be otherwise thrown away. To learn more about the Rock Hill Community Fridge project, visit the Facebook or Instagram page.


The Rock Hill Community Fridge

Get Involved

Host a Fridge

Interested in hosting one of the Rock Hill Community Fridges at a location of your choice? The Mercantile is a host to the first Community Fridge, and we want more businesses to get involved. If you have a location or are a business willing to host a fridge, contact us at rockhillcommunityfridge@gmail.com to get more information on how to do so.

Volunteer

The Rock Hill Community Fridge is powered by the community for the community. Meaning, it’s up to our community to ensure that it is clean, stocked, and organized. If you would like to volunteer to help with these needs, join our Volunteer Facebook Group for more information and lists of needs.

The Mercantile, located in the Warehouses on White, now proudly hosts Rock Hill’s first Community Fridge. The Rock Hill Community Fridge is a fridge full of free food for our community. With the goal of eradicating food waste and insecurity, the fridge aims at using food that would be otherwise thrown away, and bringing it to people who are in need. To learn more about the Rock Hill Community Fridge project, visit the Facebook or Instagram page.


Items to Donate:

Please remember that all items need to be clean, or able to be cleaned. With COVID-19 still present, please take extra caution to ensure the cleanliness of any products you put into the fridge.

  • Fresh produce
  • Packaged meats (pre-cooked or deli)
  • Unopened dairy products (milk, eggs, yogurt, etc.)
  • Snacks for kids (i.e. Lunchables)
  • Juice
  • Water
  • Bread
  • Packaged food within ‘use-by’ date
  • Unpackaged fruit and veg that is still good to eat
  • Food past its ‘best before’ date that is still good to eat
  • Cooked food from registered food businesses*

Items NOT Accepted:

  • Opened items (milk, packaged food, etc.)
  • Homemade meals
  • Leftovers/Half-eaten food
  • Raw meat / raw seafood
  • Any food previously frozen
  • Any cooked food not from a registered food business*
  • Alcohol

FAQ:

How do I donate?

  1. Read the guidelines above on what food the Fridge accepts
  2. Bring food along to the Fridge
  3. Log your donations through the QR Code
  4. If the Fridge is full, bring items inside The Mercantile during open hours (Mon-Sat 9am-7pm & Sun 12-4pm).

How do I support further?

Donate your time and volunteer for us! We need consistent help cleaning our fridge throughout the day, organizing, and sharing the word.

How often should I donate?

Whenever you like! As a one-off or on a regular basis. To become an official Fridge Champion – a food business donating regularly and benefitting from press and promotion – see the Partner page

*What do you mean by registered food business?

Registered food businesses are those who are registered with their local council and have the necessary hygiene policies in place.

How do I start a community fridge? 

Lots of people have got in touch recently to tell us they’d like to start a fridge in their area so we’ve created a handy step-by-step guide! Send us an email for more information. rockhillcommunityfridge@gmail.com