Outside the Glassmanor Community Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland, lies an oasis in the middle of a five-mile food desert.
A Feed the Fridge community refrigerator meets the needs of hungry residents of Prince George’s County. The refrigerator is the second to open in the county and is one of 10 installed in the DC area.
It is stocked daily with ready-to-eat meals for anyone in need of food – no strings attached.
“Being able to come here is wonderful. It’s a blessing and it’s going to help everyone,” said resident Tracie Freeman.
“It serves the kids after school, it serves the parents who want to give their kids a school lunch, and it serves the parents, in a dignified way,” said Feed the Fridge founder Mark Bucher.
Bucher, the co-founder of Medium Rare restaurants, wanted to fill the food gap for seniors and school children at the height of the pandemic. He said he got into a big hunger situation in the area and he couldn’t get out.
“Our goal is to solve [hunger] — not just providing meals, but really eradicating it,” he said.
Food not only fills stomachs; it helps restaurants in this community stay afloat.
“We buy meals every day from local restaurants to keep the fabric of your community alive,” Bucher said.
Starting Wednesday, the refrigerator will stock hard-to-find formula.
One in seven people in Prince George’s County faces food insecurity.
How to Apply for SNAP and WIC in Maryland
If you need help getting food, resources are available. Go here for info on how to apply in Maryland for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and here for info on how to apply for WIC, which helps women, infants and children.