Kendra Richardson: Funky Town Fridge – Ep. 23

Kendra Richardson is the founder of Funky Town Fridge – a community-driven fridge with the goal of reducing food apartheid in Fort Worth, Texas. 

I was immediately drawn to her story, because she saw injustice in her community and made that crucial step to do something about it, investing her own money and time to build something for the greater good.

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Ep. 23 – Kendra Richardson Show Highlights

1:20 “I founded Funky Town Fridge… a community fridge that’s accessible to the community 24/7. It’s not monitored, it’s not manned. It is just free food, no strings attached, no questions asked. Anybody can come and give food as they can, and anybody can come and take food as they need.”

3:45 – “It looked like something that I could do quick that would be sustainable.”

8:25 “I have a team that loves me and they are phenomenal. And before we even plan a fridge or plant that seed, we canvass the neighborhoods that we’re puting the fridge in, because we’re putting these fridges in black and brown neighborhoods that have food apartheid.”

10:22 “A lot of people are houseless, so they like to leave notes… They know our names, we talk to them all the time. The whole point is to build community.”

12:51 – “When I say everybody has a place in revolution, you do. What strength do you have that you can bring?”

15:58 – “We started just doing community service, things that we saw. And I started registering voters, which is something I did in college. And when I came here, it was just something that I knew to do. So I started to register voters.”

19:54 – “…finding ways to hold community accountable and also holding ourselves accountable, because we can only do so much in the community.”

22:54 – “I think people’s consciousness has changed… I’m worried more about not policy but individual collective change. And are we having conversations with these people? Are we changing their minds or are we broadening their horizons?”

29:37 – “There’s still systematic oppression. There are still systems that keep these people where they are. So even if they wanted to come up, they couldn’t do it.”

35:12 – “[We’re] getting lots of emails from high school principals and social workers with kids who are trying to help their families pay rent. I know some of my kids I work with, some of my kids have jobs. And so we’ve been helping those kids pay their parents’ rent.”

39:00 – “Most of them are trying, but it’s hard to do when every step you make there’s something that was holding you down and you don’t have any kind of control over it.”

45:54 – “I encourage people to do research and watch other fridges and how they move.”

48:41 – “What injustices do you see in your community? What do you see happening? What conversations are you having? How are you raising your consciousness so you can help raise somebody else’s and make this world a better place?”

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