The Troy Scott Community Fridge is a neighbours helping neighbours initiative to increase access to nutritious food for all Innisfil residents. Everyone is welcome to take food from the fridge and pantry at any time, in any quantity, as often as they’d like. Businesses, organizations and individuals across the community donate food daily. 

Accessing the Troy Scott Community Fridge

There are three Troy Scott Community Fridge locations across Innisfil.

At the Innisfil Recreational Complex

Access the community fridge at the north entrance of the Innisfil Recreational Complex (IRC) at 7315 Yonge St. This location is outdoors and accessible 24/7. Thanks to a donation from Alcona Home Hardware and the work of Nantyr Shores Secondary School students, the fridge at IRC has a custom built, winterized structure. 

community fridge outdoors

At the Alcona (Lakeshore) Library Branch

Access the community fridge inside the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library Lakeshore Branch at 967 Innisfil Beach Rd. Open during the Library's business hours. While branches are closed due to COVID-19, you can call or ring the bell for service or to make a donation. 

community fridge inside library

At the Cookstown Library Branch

Access the community fridge inside the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library Cookstown Branch at 20 Church St. Open during the Library's business hours. While branches are closed due to COVID-19, you can call or ring the bell for service or to make a donation. 

community fridge

Ways to get involved

  • Donate food: If you’re able to donate food, please do! Every small donation has a big impact. Be sure to follow the food donation guidelines
  • Give funding: If you’d like to donate food but are unable to visit the fridge, you can make a financial donation online and we'll purchase groceries for the fridge on your behalf
  • Spread awareness: Share a post on social media using the hashtag #FeedInnisfil or tell your friends to help get the word out
  • Provide feedback: Let us know what’s working and what can be improved by emailing your thoughts to communityfridge@innisfil.ca
  • Get some food: The fridge is for everyone! Stop by to grab whatever you need, whenever you need it
  • Become a Community Fridge Ambassador: Contact communityfridge@innisfil.ca to learn more and get involved 

Donation guidelines

Please follow these guidelines when donating to the community fridge.

Acceptable

  • Fresh produce
  • Dry goods
  • Sealed non-alcoholic beverages
  • Prepackaged breads and pastries
  • Meals prepared in public health inspected kitchens, labelled with ingredient list, location prepared, and date prepared or best before date
  • Frozen foods
  • New personal care items for the pantry

All items must be unopened and unused. Please ensure that all food has a best before date and ingredient list.

Unacceptable

  • Raw meat or seafood
  • Eggs and dairy products
  • Homemade food
  • Expired food
  • Dented cans
  • Moldy produce
  • Opened prepacked goods
  • Alcohol

If you wouldn’t eat it, feed it to your compost—not your neighbours!

Frequently asked questions

What is a community fridge?
A community fridge is a public repository of fresh, donated foods that anyone can take from for free. Community fridges are designed to facilitate access to nutritious foods and reduce food waste.
Who can access the fridge?
Everyone is welcome to take food from the fridge, in any amount, and at any time. The general idea is to take what you need, and leave what you can. The fridge at the Innisfil Recreational Complex is open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The fridges at the library branches are open during building hours.
How can I donate?
Everyone is welcome to donate to the community fridges, whether you are donating as an individual, a business, or a community group or organization. Simply drop off your donation whenever you can. Please follow the food donation guidelines.
How is the fridge kept safe and clean?
We maintain the safety and cleanliness of the community fridges through two daily check-ins where we check the fridge contents and temperature for safety and quality, and disinfect high touch surfaces. The fridges are also deep cleaned twice a week. To further support food safety, we ask that those donating food follow our food donation guidelines.