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San Francisco  415.587.6685
Siskiyou  530.465.2411


Free the Need is a registered
501(c)3 nonprofit
Model for Sustainable Giving
Free the Need was started in 1989 by a group of friends who wanted to improve the welfare of families and children in their area. Founded on the idea that there is enough to go around, they began collecting surplus food and clothing and distributing it to families in need. Currently, volunteers distribute surplus year-round on a weekly basis in Siskiyou County, San Francisco Bay Area, Del Norte County in California and Jackson County in Oregon. Your donated funds will remain in your local community. 
Copyright ©  1989 - 2015   Free the Need.
All Donations are Tax Deductible
Break the Chain.         Spread the Surplus.         Free the Need.
As an all-volunteer organization operating entirely on surplus, Free the Need is a model for sustainable giving.  For over 20 years, volunteers have distributed fresh, healthy food and gently used clothing that would have otherwise become landfill for less than 9 cents per pound. 

The success of Free the Need is entirely due to people like you who give their surplus time, money and resources.  
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Sign up for a Thanksgiving food box from Free the Need
​Fall is here and the season of giving is upon us. For Free the Need, this means gearing up for our biggest days of the year. Our Thanksgiving Giveaways!

The Friday before Thanksgiving, we will be making and giving away food boxes in San Francisco. Then, the Monday before Thanksgiving, we will be giving away food boxes in Yreka and Klamath River. If you live in Siskiyou County, you can click the orange button to sign up for a food box.

$35 sponsors a family to receive a food box. Click the Red button to donate.
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