“Feel Good Fridges” filled with food help community organizations close the hunger gap in North Texas
State Senator Royce West and Whirlpool Corp. are collaborating to bring “Feel Good Fridges” to Dallas in collaboration with local community organizations. Through donations of refurbished “community fridges” by Whirlpool Corp., in collaboration with the North Texas Food Bank, the refrigerators will be stocked with nutritious food to make healthy meal options more accessible to anyone in need.
The program launched in Southwest Michigan in 2021 with Whirlpool Corp. placing fridges in areas near its Benton Harbor, Michigan headquarters. Next was Atlanta, and now Dallas. Future community fridges will be placed in other major urban centers in the U.S., including Detroit, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston.
Food inequality is a serious issue in the U.S., and that’s why we’re excited that this program continues to grow and expand into additional cities across the country.”
“The pandemic has given us all a glimpse into what it’s like when life’s necessities are not within reach. Now imagine what it’s like for those who are not sure where their next meal will come from,” said Senator West. “I commend Whirlpool Corporation for its initiative to address hunger and food insecurity across the country, and for bringing this program to Dallas. I would hope that others will follow their lead.”
With a focus on Black, Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) and also targeting rural areas, Whirlpool Corp. has teamed up with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, and its network of food banks to attack food insecurity in underserved communities across the country. Fridges are planned for multiple locations in the state of Texas and locally, in cooperation with organizations that have programs designed to close the hunger gap:
- Soul For Christ Ministry, Inc.
- Faith Formula Human Services of FWBC
- Mark Cuban Heroes Basketball Center
- The Chocolate Mint Foundation
- Empowering the Masses
- Carver Heights Baptist Church
- The Metropolitan Dream Center
“Food inequality is a serious issue in the U.S., and that’s why we’re excited that this program continues to grow and expand into additional cities across the country,” said Whirlpool Corp. Product Marketing Manager Gerrod Moore. “We’ve already placed 70 fridges across the country and plan to place 200 more before the end of the year.” In addition to these refurbished refrigerators placed from Whirlpool Corp.’s second channel sales program, which takes used appliances and gives them a second life, Maytag brand is also placing fridges in Boys and Girls Clubs across the country.