Little Free Fridge

"Welcome to Our Freedge" with photo of refrigerator and shelf filled with food


Ritter Public Library has recently opened our Little Free Fridge. A "Freedge" is a free fridge and cupboard. It is a decentralized, community-based solution to food insecurity. Anyone can donate to or take items from the Little Free Fridge area on a "take what you need, give what you can" basis. Stop by to take items, make a donation, or just see what it's all about - the Little Free Fridge is accessible during all of the library's open hours. It is located near the A/V section and new arrivals.

New!  You can now donate directly to the Dave Arnold Special Projects Fund to pay for groceries for the Little Free Fridge. It can cost up to $200 or more to restock the fridges and dry goods shelf, which needs to be done as often as once per week during times of heavy use. Every dollar helps and donations of any size are appreciated. Use the button below to make a quick, easy donation using a card or PayPal account.

Want to get involved? We perpetually accept donations. Please adhere to the donation guidelines below. Items that do not meet donation guidelines will be disposed.

We welcome new, unopened, and unexpired:

  • Refrigerated dairy, eggs, cured or cooked meat, and meat/dairy alternatives
  • Fresh produce, including home-grown fruits and vegetables
  • Shelf stable and canned goods
  • Snack foods
  • Spices
  • Pet food and supplies
  • Bread and bakery items
  • Personal care and hygiene items such as toothpaste, shampoo, body wash, lotion, toilet paper, deodorant, diapers and baby wipes, and menstrual products
  • Household items such as cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, and paper products

Most needed items:

  • Individually packaged snack foods
  • Peanut butter
  • Crackers
  • Canned soup
  • Ready to eat and microwavable foods
  • Individual fresh fruit such as apples and oranges
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Milk, cheese, and eggs
  • Juice boxes, bottled water, and other individual beverages
  • Spices

Please no:

  • Raw meat, raw poultry, raw fish, or raw dairy
  • Frozen foods
  • Leftovers or other food prepared at home
  • Opened, partially consumed, damaged, expired, moldy, or otherwise unsafe foods– don’t donate anything you wouldn’t personally be willing to eat!
  • Medications of any kind, including over-the-counter medications and vitamins
  • Alcoholic beverages