By Danielle Chavira

DENVER (CBS4) – Food insecurity was only exacerbated by the coronavirus for many people and families in Denver. The first community refrigerator aims to elevate that problem.

(credit: CBS)

Organizers set it up outside of the Mutiny Information Cafe on South Broadway. It was designed and painted by local artists.

READ MORE: Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Pause Deals Big Blow To Mountain Communities

Sandra Belat, the founder, says the fridge is stocked by the community and free of charge for anyone who needs it.

READ MORE: COVID In Colorado: Food Pantry Will Close As Older Adults Can Now Safely Shop For Themselves

(credit: CBS)

“They just walk up, open the door, and there’s food for them. So people from the community get to take care of one another by either preparing meals or bringing fresh produce for people to cook their own meals,” said Belat.

MORE NEWS: Palisade Peach Farmer 'Not Too Awfully Worried' Year After Devastating Crop Season

The goal is to place more refrigerators in the Sunnyside and Five Points neighborhoods next week.

Danielle Chavira