Daily Bread for 7.5.21

Good morning.

Monday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of 92. Sunrise is 5:23 AM and sunset 8:35 PM, for 15h 12m 38s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 17.7% of its visible disk illuminated.

On this day in 1832, General Atkinson and his troops enter the area known by indigenous people as “trembling lands” in their pursuit of Black Hawk: “Many of the militiamen were on horses, which plunged to their bellies in the swamp. The “trembling lands” forced Atkinson to retrace his steps back toward the Rock River, in the process losing days in his pursuit of Black Hawk.”

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 Heather Long reports 20 million Americans still don’t have enough to eat. A grass-roots movement of free fridges aims to help:

PHILADELPHIA — Darrell Brokenborough opened the bright yellow refrigerator that stood on the sidewalk outside a row home at 308 N. 39th St., smiled and said, “It’s full.” He balanced on his cane so he could take a closer look at the apples, yogurt, greens, pasta, cheese and chicken inside. On the front of the fridge was written: “Free food” and “Take what you need. Leave what you don’t.”

Brokenborough grabbed several bags of apple slices to slip in his slim over-the-shoulder bag. He tried to stuff some applesauce containers in his pouch but returned the applesauce for someone else. His favorite groceries are fresh bagels and cream cheese, which weren’t there this time.

“I always recommend the fridge to my friends with kids. There’s always something healthy here,” he said, calling the free food he gets at the fridge on his way to and from a nearby medical facility a “blessing.”

Philadelphia now has more than 20 of these refrigerators sitting outside homes and restaurants, offering free food to anyone passing by. Volunteers keep the fridges clean and stocked with food donated from grocery stores, restaurants, local farmers and anyone with extra to share.

The concept of the community fridge ? sometimes called a “freedge” ? has been around for more than a decade, but it exploded during the pandemic as hunger spiked in the United States and worldwide. Images of thousands of cars lined up at U.S. food banks shocked the nation, and people looked for ways to help. There are now about 200 of these community fridges in the United States, up from about 15 before the pandemic, according to the organizers of the Freedge website, at

“There was a big focus on mutual aid in the past year in the U.S. as people were losing jobs. People wanted to bridge the gap between people who have food and people who don’t,” said Ernst Bertone Oehninger, who set up a freedge outside his Davis, Calif., home in 2014 and serves as a community organizer for Freedge. “Community fridges won’t solve all the problems of food insecurity and food waste, but they help people connect, like community gardens.”

(Key info: Whitewater once had, and perhaps still does, at least one Little Free Pantry. She now also has, to caring volunteers’ credit, a Community Space located at 834 E. Milwaukee Street where residents can find basic provisions.)

The Associated Press reports Neenah Inc. To Close Appleton Paper Mill By September:

The company did not say how many employees will be affected by the shutdown of the plant, which Neenah Inc. expanded about five years ago. But, according to the Cities Chamber of Commerce’s website, the facility employs about 100 people.

The facility isn’t the first of its kind to close in the Fox Valley. Clearwater Paper Corp. announced last month the indefinite closure of its paper mill in Neenah where nearly 300 people are employed.

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