Pub­lic fridges stocked for needy

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DUBAI: More than 150 fridges stocked with free food for those in need have be­come a city-wide phe­nom­e­non af­ter a lone ac­tivist started with a sin­gle unit dur­ing last year’s month of Ramadaan.

The Ramadaan Shar­ing Fridge ini­tia­tive was the idea of Aus­tralian Su­mayyah Sayed, who left the first fridge out­side her house and stocked it with food and drinks for the city’s poor.

About 25 000 mem­bers of the pub­lic donated to the scheme, helping to boost the numbers of fridges this year, with about 400 peo­ple mak­ing use of the service each day at one fridge alone, or­gan­is­ers said.

“Ev­ery day we have 10 to 15 donors who come in­di­vid­u­ally on their own and they give us some dry items, La­bans (milk), they give us bis­cuits, fruit and juices.

“So we make packs of these in­di­vid­u­ally and we hand it over,” fridge man­ager Swathi San­thosh said.

The fridges around the city are marked on a dig­i­tal map and pro­moted on so­cial media chan­nels. – Reuters

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