Department or Program

Environmental Studies

Second Department or Program

Environmental Studies


Food insecurity is a problem which is prevalent across the world, but is currently a major issue within the United States. In Maine, food insecurity affects many individuals and families, and disproportionately impacts marginalized communities. This paper unpacks the social, economic, and environmental factors which contribute to food insecurity on global, national, and local levels. Lewiston, Maine currently has many initiatives in place which seek to increase the community's access to healthy, local food. However, all of these initiatives exist as parts of organizations, rather than mutual aid initiatives. Community fridges present a new way of combating food insecurity in the Lewiston community; through its anonymous approach of improving food accessibility, the implementation of a community fridge in the Lewiston community would act as a “neighbor to neighbor” approach to combating food insecurity. An analysis of the feasibility of implementing a community fridge in Lewiston, Maine as a partnership with the Lewiston Housing Authority as a means of alleviating food insecurity will be examined in this paper. Community-based research has been conducted in order to analyze this feasibility.

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First Advisor

Darby Ray

Date of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Number of Pages


Community Engagement



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