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Free the Need
827 Joost Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94127
Free the Need is a registered
Directly Experience Your Surplus
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 through out the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Break the Chain. Spread the Surplus. Free the Need.
Currently volunteers distribute surplus year-round on a weekly basis in San Francisco, Siskiyou and Del Norte Counties in Northern California and in Jackson County Oregon.
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.