PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A project at Spring Garden is feeding people, and they’re hoping that will help keep people warm this winter as well.
“It’s something that comes off our wish list,” said Rachael Ketterer of Spring Garden Community Pantry.
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Outside the SEIU Local 668 headquarters on Spring Garden Street, Ketterer is restocking the Spring Garden Community Pantry.
“Things are going very fast so we know there is a need,” Ketterer said.
The pantry is just an unplugged and unlocked refrigerator. Residents started the project this spring and filled it with non-perishable food available to everyone. This little sidewalk pantry is always open, and always free.
“We don’t collect money. These are people who bring things from their own pantries, or go to the stores themselves and just bring things that they think people need, ”Ketterer said.
Ketterer and Teresa Rodriguez are two of the volunteers who supply her.
“Food insecurity is a real crisis as a nation which, as a community, has decided that we are going to take matters into our own hands and we are going to do something,” Rodriguez said.
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“This is our community request, so anyone can write down what they would like to see in the fridge,” Ketterer said.
“We don’t see ourselves just as a pantry,” Rodriguez said. “We allow people to leave all kinds of items that people might need, like infant formula. “
And that brings them to their new project.
On Black Friday, they join with other community pantries and refrigerators to collect coats and more, holding a Driving winter clothes at the 9th and in the streets of the market.
“Hats, coats, scarves, hand warmers, whatever you think people would need,” Ketterer said.
“It’s starting to get cold, and even though it’s just a few scarves that you don’t use anymore, gloves, that coat that just doesn’t fit or is a little tight,” Rodriguez said. “I know I have a few.”
Rodriguez says the community has come together throughout the pandemic.
“Life is best lived shared,” said Rodriguez.
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You can drop off your new and lightly used winter clothes on Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., outside the Philadelphia Fashion District Mall at 9th and Market Street.