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Plant-based community fridge sprouts at Essex Market

There’s a heat wave outside — but the cool wave of community fridges keeps spreading.

On Sat., Jan. 26, New York City’s second plant-based community fridge was launched, at Broome St. between Essex and Norfolk Sts.

Power Malu and Lilah Mejia with an Essex St. Market vendor, left, who is donating his noodles to the new fridge. (Photo by Clayton Patterson)
Power Malu with photographer Gary Dean Clarke, right, and a friend. (Photo by Clayton Patterson)

It’s a partnership between the nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization @artistsathletesactivists, founded by community organizer and activist Power Malu, and Essex Market.

A Latin band played at the community fridge launch. (Photo by Clayton Patterson)
Power Malu and his niece Henesse V. (Photo by Clayton Patterson)

“We are excited to continue on this journey of providing free healthy plant-based vegan food to marginalized communities by expanding the Plant-Based Community Fridge initiative in LES and throughout the city,” Malu said. “Everyone should have access to healthy plant-based food regardless of their socioeconomic status. We at Artists Athletes Activists are grateful for this platform to help others and look forward to continue paying it forward.”

The first plant-based fridge, which Malu is also involved with, is located near Overthrow boxing gym on Bleecker St. between Bowery and Lafayette St.

The fridge launch drew a crowd. (Photo by Clayton Patterson)
Fridge fans at the launch. (Photo by Clayton Patterson)

Anyone interested in donating to the effort can do so via Venmo at @plantbasedcommunityfridge.

People interested in volunteering to stock the fridge can sign the sheet via the link on the @plantbasedcommunityfridge Instagram account bio section.

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