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Stick with Sticky Fingers

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Wisconsin Staples at Gabe’s Wisconsin Kitchen and Tavern

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The Hope Fridge has been open now in Oshskosh for a few weeks. We are so excited to have been able to help this project and be able to highlight in on our blog. If you haven’t please check out our previous post to learn more.

I recently checked in with Kris Larson, one of the owners of Wagner Market to chat about why Wagner Market chose to host the Hope Fridge and about how it’s been serving the community. 

 

How did you learn about the Hope Fridge and why did you think Wagner Market would be a good location?

Kris:  “We had been following along with their progress in Neenah, and ran into TJ Hobbs and Bowen (TJ’s husband) at an event ,asked about it, and a week later were already making progress!

Wagner is a great location for few reasons. Primarily the same reason we chose this location for the store itself. There aren’t any other grocery stores downtown and there are a lot of people who live downtown.

In our discussions about it before we said yes, a mutual aid project like this one really does fit in great with what we do.  Access to food has always been top of our list of ideals. This is why we have accepted SNAP and EBT from day 1 at Wagner Market. It’s about the right food to the right people in the right place. This is a high profile corner for both people who want to pay for expensive food, for folks who need great food in their neighborhood ,and for folks who need access to as inexpensive of food as possible (even free!)”

Who has been using the new Hope Fridge location?

I notice lots of folks using it. What I do find wonderful thus far, and another reason why a grocery store like Wagner is a good place to host. There really is not a way to tell who is stopping at the fridge to stock it, and who is stopping to get food from it. That is the best part to me. Any and all use is great! It does not matter one bit who is who.

I know when I talked to TJ that was something they were really passionate about. And in the past had experiences that made it hard for them to even get food without jumping through hoops.

Indeed. And that is what makes it special I think. There are certainly folks that use it and maybe abuse it at times. But that is absolutely ok, nobody is gonna ask, and ultimately nobody can tell who needs it more or less. And honestly in looking at it who is stocking or taking food and beverage.

 The Hope Fridge located at Wagner Market has been a great asset so far. If you are interested in volunteering to help with the Hope Fridge please visit their site.  Another location at BowenStreet Repeats in Oshkosh recently opened. 

Wagner Market is a great asset to our community is so many ways. They carry a variety of prepared foods, in house butcherd meat and beer. They also support local producers and have a large selection in store. Check out our reviews on Wagner Market, here & here

How to Help the Hope Fridge Project

Visit their donation site on Open Collective to make a donation today!
You can also visit the Amazon Wishlists for both the Neenah & Oshkosh locations to have items purchased directly for stocking the Hope Fridge at the desired location.

Make sure to visit the Hope Fridge’s Facebook for update on their current needs for each location as well as for volunteering opppurtunities.