New Paltz Give-Back: Free Food Fridge Finds a Home

Photo courtesy of New Paltz Free Food Fridge

After over a year of operating to improve the town of New Paltz through bake sales on Main St. and making care packages for disadvantaged communities, the Millions of Butterflies organization is almost done pursuing their biggest endeavor yet — the New Paltz Free Food Fridge. 

The organization has been fundraising to get the fridge up-and-running since April of this year. 

After losing the security of their first expected location in September, they have finally found a final home on Plattekill Ave., in front of the New Paltz Village Hall. Now, the fridge will finally be built throughout a three day period from Nov. 16-18. 

Millions of Butterflies sought out volunteers through Instagram, ones that would contribute manual labor, as well as help maintain and stock the fridge at the end of the project. 

After the initial building, the organization’s next step is to reveal their Chrysalis Kitchen initiative, which will come alive at the Huguenot St. Farm. 

The kitchen’s goals are to make sure the fridge stays stocked in the future and to give community members a place to cook meals and bake goods, while also helping to feed those who suffer from the effects of food insecurity. 

Founded off of the priority of redistributing money towards a plethora of causes in New Paltz, the building of this fridge is just the beginning of helping Millions of Butterflies reach their inspiring and important mission. If you are interested in helping out with the Free Food Fridge, go to and sign up to volunteer.

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Allison (Alli) Dempsey (she/her) is a fourth-year journalism major and communications minor from Staten Island, NY. This is her fourth semester on the Oracle, and third as Arts Editor. She is also a member of the WFNP Radio E-board staff, president of the New Paltz Music Collective and manages her own music blog, Twilight Collective. You can reach her by emailing