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A No-Cost + Vegan Community Fridge is Coming to Jersey City

by Samantha Impaglia
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A Jersey City shop that’s become a hub for affordable vegan food supply is adding another resource to its agenda. Plant Base Market, located at 370 Pacific Avenue in Jersey City, is expanding to include a new community space next door called Plant Space. Read on to learn more about Plant Space and what it will provide to the Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood and beyond.

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The Details on Plant Space

The grand opening of this expansion will take place on Saturday, May 21st from 1PM – 6PM at 368-370 Pacific Avenue in Jersey City, and include free food tastings, live music, games and activities, giveaways, live art, and more. According to Instagram, Place Space is “designed to fight the broken food system that our neighborhood and many others in this country face every day.” In partnership with Chilis on Wheels and Vegan Activist Alliance, it will be the first completely vegan, no-cost community fridge in New Jersey.

“We just had a passion for doing something good for our planet and all who occupy it,” owner Dhruva LaTorre told The Hoboken Girl. “We saw a need in our community, and we were determined to find a way to fill it.”

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Plant Space will serve as an indoor and outdoor community space with features such as:

  • A community garden with locally grown herbs + vegetables
  • Free educational + holistic services, including a holistic/health + wellness library
  • A local art gallery
  • Free + by donation classes with topics like nutrition, cooking, yoga, meditation, sustainability, gardening, composting, dance, self-defense, art, music, and more
  • Guest speakers
  • Events, including live music

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Dhruva explained to HG that the inspiration for Plant Base comes from his late mother and the impact she had on the local community.

“I wanted to continue what my Mom started before she passed, and live a life of genuine love and compassion for all living things,” Dhruva said. “That’s when I made the decision to merge Plant Base as a part of the nonprofit that my Mom started in 2013, called Gratitude Community Services.”

For those interested in donating to the community fridge, Plant Space is accepting fresh produce and vegan grocery items that are factory sealed and not expired. The spot also welcomes volunteers.

About Plant Base Market

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(Photo credit: @plantbasemarket + @thefoundrygirljc)

Plant Base Market opened in July 2019 as a zero-waste, completely vegan market. The Jersey City spot was created by Dhruva LaTorre and Andy Hertz — two coworkers turned business partners who have prior experience with non-profits, animal rights, and vegan and vegetarian lifestyle.

See More: Where to Find Vegan Pizza in Hoboken, Jersey City, + Beyond

The goal of this non-profit community cafe is to offer an affordable vegan food supply to residents, as well as educate them about the benefits of being plant-based. Some of the products one can buy here include grab-and-go or eat-in meals (that change daily), package-free produce, bulk food items, in-house-made body care and household products, pet supplies, and holistic healing items. Shoppers have the option to borrow a reuseable container from Plant Base Market or bring their own. With the addition of Plant Space, the market will now be completely donation-based in order to give everyone access to fresh and healthy food.

Plant Base will be promoting a Go Fund Me page soon to help fund expenses for the space, finish the community garden, invest in new equipment and other essentials, and hire people to help run the spot. We will keep you updated as more details unfold.

Stay in the know with @thehobokengirl on Instagram and TikTok.

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