Troy Scott Community Fridge Expansion
Target Completion Date: December 31, 2022
What is this project about?
In June 2021, the Town of Innisfil opened its first community fridge to help address the growing concerns of food insecurity in our community. The Troy Scott Community Fridge, named in honour of a beacon of the Innisfil community, aims to remove barriers to accessing nutritious food and reduce the stigma of food insecurity
The Troy Scott Community Fridge is located outside the Innisfil Recreational Complex is accessible 24/7 for anyone to take food from when they need it. It is stocked daily with food donated from residents, community organizations, businesses, and community cooking programs. Residents taking food from the fridge have the freedom to select their own food, providing them with autonomy and control over their food choices. This approach to addressing food insecurity removes barriers by allowing those in need the ability to access food when they need it with autonomy, anonymity, and dignity. This project compliments and augments the important food bank services being provided in the community.
Since opening in June, the Troy Scott Community Fridge has seen remarkable success and support from the community, however, there is still a lot of work to be done. One community fridge in one neighbourhood is insufficient, so we are working to expand the Troy Scott Community Fridge project to additional locations across Innisfil and establish community cooking programs that will contribute food to the community fridges. These cooking programs will offer residents an opportunity to build community connections and give back to their neighbours through preparing food for fridge patrons. Expanding the Troy Scott Community Fridge project by adding additional locations and developing community cooking programs will build capacity for food security and community involvement, while carrying on the legacy of the late Troy Scott: A legacy of generosity and kindness that reached every corner in Innisfil.