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Vancouver Free Fridge program expands, offers free food

Three stocked fridges available for homeless in need; owners struggle with city codes

By Will Campbell, Columbian Associate Editor
Published: September 21, 2021, 6:04am
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Gretta Anderson looks over contents of the free food pantry and fridge at her Vancouver home Monday afternoon. The Vancouver Free Fridge project is up to three fridges, but they're also being regulated by city codes over the structures, causing program leaders to start a petition.
Gretta Anderson looks over contents of the free food pantry and fridge at her Vancouver home Monday afternoon. The Vancouver Free Fridge project is up to three fridges, but they're also being regulated by city codes over the structures, causing program leaders to start a petition. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

The Vancouver Free Fridge program, which offers free food and supplies out of outdoor refrigerators in sheds to whoever needs them, expanded from one to three locations in the past few weeks.

But regulations from the city of Vancouver are limiting the effectiveness of the program by forcing the sheds into homeowner driveways instead of featuring them in the front yard, according to its leaders.

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