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.
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.