On Sunday, September 19th at 1pm, the Mott Haven Fridge Network will be hosting its first “Brunch on a Bronx Sidewalk” on 141st St. between Crimmins and St. Ann’s (50 mtrs N of 571 E 141st St.). Nearly a year after the first “free food” community fridge debuted in Mott Haven, community members, partners, volunteers, donors, and interns will come together to break bread at the home of the first ever Mott Haven Fridge.
Attendees will enjoy the communal meal on two long tables adorned with white cloths, flowers, and food from participating establishments including Luke’s Lobster, Great Performances, Tacombi, and Mottley Kitchen. The event will also feature live music and speeches from community stakeholders and will conclude with a raffle offering prizes from local businesses.
Local resident and volunteer Shirley Blanchard, whose birthday is the day after the event, is excited to celebrate with her fellow neighbors. “Before the fridge was here, the sidewalk was covered in garbage, but we made it nice and clean. We’re going to have a party here on Sunday, and everyone is going to eat and have fun, no matter who they are and where they come from,” Blanchard said.
The event is sponsored by the men’s fashion blogger Diego Leon (@dandyinthebronx), South Bronx Wine & Liquor, the Marcus Jansen Foundation, and fitness trainer Benjamin Levy. A list of all 25 participating businesses and raffle donors can be found on the event webpage.
Dan Zauderer, co-founder and executive director, insists that while the event takes place in front of the Network’s first fridge, it’s also meant to celebrate big changes coming soon. “The great thing is, our work to expand our network and establish new fridges has proved that Mott Haven isn’t alone. Everywhere, there are neighbors who are ready to help neighbors,” Zauderer said. The Network has 3 more fridges slated to launch in September and its volunteer driver network continues to expand every day.
Those interested in attending can RSVP here.