New community fridge in downtown Rapid City


Hippie Haven’s community fridge, located in downtown Rapid City.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — There’s a new addition to downtown Rapid City that will help combat hunger.

Hippie Haven, a local zero-waste store and community space, is now home to an outdoor community fridge, the first of its kind in downtown Rapid City. Community members are encouraged to participate in organizing and cleaning.

Hippie Haven has been accepting and redistributing canned goods and personal care items since September 2020, and now unopened and unexpired fridge and freezer foods are welcomed 24/7.

“Thanks to a donation from Breadroot Natural Foods Coop, this new community fridge allows us to expand our existing food redistribution program” says Callee Ackland, the female-veteran-founder of Hippie Haven.

According to Hippie Haven, between 30 to 40 percent of the US food supply is wasted, yet one in six children in South Dakota are at risk of going hungry.

The community fridge, in alignment with Hippie Havens mission to reduce waste and provide much-needed community resources, is intended to reduce the amount of local food waste as well as fighting food insecurity amongst the most vulnerable community members.

Hippie Haven extended their thanks to Anna Chief, Breadroot Natural Foods Coop, Sage Dausch, 13th Seat Herbs, Vilma Killsback, and Garrett Buckingham for helping to make the new community fridge possible.

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