Sweet Tooth Community FridgeFood for all. No strings attached.
Solidarity, Not Charity
Yes, there’s a difference. Charity usually requires folks to prove their level of need. Solidarity is recognizing a need and doing what you can to help meet that need. One way we could offer assistance is through access to quality food. That’s why we’ve set up the fridge.
The Sweet Tooth Community Fridge is located right in front of our home at 1809 8th St., Des Moines, Iowa. We live in a food desert, where there’s limited access to healthful foods. While 2020 certainly put more of a financial strain on folks, the basic survival needs of many in our community not being met is nothing new. We opened the fridge at the end of 2020 to help combat food insecurity within our own neighborhood. The fridge is for everyone who needs it. No one should go hungry. Period.
Picking Up Food
If you need food, take it from the fridge. There are no strings attached, no forms to fill out, no need for you to “prove” anything. That’s none of our business. We want to help keep you and your family fed. Take what you need and come back as often as you’d like. You don’t need to check in with anyone or ask if it’s okay to take food out.
How to Donate
Find us at 1809 8th Street, Des Moines, Iowa. We’re just north of downtown and the fridge is open all day, every day.
Suggested Food Donations
- Fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables
- Packaged Meat Products
- Canned goods
- High protein snacks
Any kind of donation is greatly appreciated and we use money donated to help replenish groceries when needed. If you’d like to donate funds, please Venmo us
If you have connections to a group interested in partnering with us for regular donations or would like to find out how to help out in any other way, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rules of Engagement
Good Food for All
Everything is free. No questions asked.
Luckily, the fridge is on our front lawn, so call (515) 635-5770 if it happens and we’ll clean it up!
Do not take photos of anyone putting food in or taking food out. Solidarity means treating everyone with dignity. You may take photos of the fridge, itself, but again, not of people.
Keep in mind that the fridge is open 24/7, but please remember that this is a residential area. Please be respectful of our neighbors and try to keep the noise/music down as you pull up.
Do not leave food on the sidewalk. We want the food in the fridge to be safe and need to be respectful of our neighbors, who deserve accessible sidewalks. If there’s no room for your donation in the fridge, please call us at (515) 635-5770. We have additional space inside and would be happy to help!
Homemade Food Welcome
If you drop off homemade food, please include a “best by” date.
We do not accept partially eaten foods. Before you drop food off, ask yourself if it’s something you’d be happy to bring to a loved one. If the answer is, “Yes,” then feel free to bring it to the community fridge!
Art by Mariah Cooper
When you visit the fridge, you won’t miss the gorgeous artwork covering it. This mural was lovingly done by the talented Mariah Cooper. You can see more of her work on Instagram @babiebrownieart.
Whether it’s a question about how to work with us, donate, or something else, send us a message.