Today’s Renee of Sunshine, powered by Kennebec Savings Bank, is about a public refrigerator in Skowhegan.

It was an idea that came about after Maureen Davis heard about the public refrigerators in New York City to help people with their food insecurity issues. She called her friend Patsy Miller who, at first, was a bit surprised by the idea.

Turns out, Davis has an extra refrigerator in her home that could be used.  They forged ahead and the fridge has been set up since last year in the parking lot of the Skowhegan Community Center for those in need and those who want to donate.

According to WABI, Miller was there recently making sure the refrigerator was clean and putting in some items when a lady drove up to put in a few things.  She had needed some food the week before but had some extra this week so she was paying it forward.

Using a refrigerator allows for the even perishable to be available to anyone in need.

The new addition to Skowhegan has been popular; the town is allowing the refrigerator to stay and other towns have reached out for advice on setting up their own community refrigerators.


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