Free and Fresh Community Fridge Program
Take what you need or donate what you can to CCPL's Free and Fresh Community Fridge Program. We’re working to expand access to fresh ingredients through our community fridges and to help combat food insecurity in Charleston County. You can select from a variety of fruits and vegetables from the fridge to take home for free. No registration or sign-up is required to take food or to donate.
TAKE WHAT YOU NEED
Stop by the Free and Fresh Community Fridge at one of the following participating branches:
St. Paul's Hollywood Library, 5130 HWY 165 Hollywood, SC 843-889-3300
Otranto Road Library, 2261 Otranto Road, North Charleston, SC 843-572-4094
John L. Dart Library, 1067 King St., Charleston, SC 843-722-7550
Any food items in the fridges are free and accessible to the public during library operating hours.
WANT TO GIVE BACK?
1. Stock a Fridge
Free and Fridge is a community led initiative. The fridges remain stocked thanks to our community partners and donations from people in the community. To donate fresh goods, simply visit one our participating locations to drop off your produce donation. We accept fresh whole fruits and vegetables. Items not allowed include alcohol, raw meat, packaged meals, expired or partial produce.
2. Monetary Donation
Your monetary donations help keep our fridges stocked for the public to use. Monetary donations can be made through PayPal by clicking the link below. No amount is too small to share. Every cent received goes directly towards keeping our fridges stocked with nutrient rich foods for all to enjoy!
We are thankful for the continued support of organizations like Katie's Krops, Fields to Families, The Stone Soup Collective, Vertical Roots, and the Charleston Parks Conservancy, which regularly provides a variety of locally grown produce for the fridges. The original Free and Fresh Fridge program was made possible with support from sponsors such as Roper St Francis, Healthy Tri-County, The Joanna Foundation, The Charleston Friends of the Library, and The Lowcountry Food Bank.
NEED A RECIPE?
Simple recipes and nutrition information, in Spanish and English, are available at participating branches for patrons who are interested in learning more about using the fresh ingredients.