Caroline Gutman

Photographer
   
Tired of waiting on the government, hungry Americans turn to one another for help
Location: Philadelphia
Nationality: American
Biography: Caroline Gutman is a freelance photographer and writer based between Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA, USA. Her work often looks at gender and economic inequality, climate change, and art and cultural innovation. Her work has been featured by... MORE
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Tired of waiting on the government, hungry Americans turn to one another for help
Copyright Caroline Gutman 2022
Updated Jan 2021
Location Washington, DC
Topics Business, Community, Editorial, Education, Hunger, Media, Photography, Photojournalism, Poverty, Restaurants, School meals, School/College, Senior Citizens, Volunteering, Youth
For the Washington Post.

Early in the pandemic, Mark Bucher, chef and owner of DC-area Medium Rare restaurants, learned that children (and their families) who normally rely on school meals had been going hungry. ⁣
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He set out to change that, and save restaurants in the process. Bucher founded Feed the Fridge which has installed 10 public refrigerators across the city so far. They are restocked daily with 500 “dignified lunches, no beans and rice, no baloney,” says Bucher.⁣
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Feed the Fridge, which is backed by the Washington Nationals, pays restaurants to prepare the meals. “D.C. restaurants are in real trouble. The hospitality business is in real trouble. This is a program that solves that problem,” says Bucher.⁣

Tired of waiting on the government, hungry Americans turn to one another for help
Millions are turning to their neighbors and mutual aid networks to seek help they can’t get from lawmakers or already strained nonprofit groups.

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