Food Program
All Donations are Tax Deductible!


Contact  Information

San Francisco  415.587.6685
Siskiyou  530.465.2411

Main Office

Free the Need
827 Joost Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94127

ftn@freetheneed.org

Free the Need is a registered
501(c)3 nonprofit
Copyright ©  1989 - 2014   Free the Need
Weekly Giveaways

Beginning in 1989, on a regular weekly basis, a staff of volunteers has collected and distributed in excess of 4 million pounds of food to over 86 thousand families. This food has been distributed to families in targeted neighborhoods within San Francisco, Alameda and Marin counties, and since 2001, in Siskiyou County.

On one day every week after volunteers collect, sort and box up the food donations, a loaded vehicle drives into the neighborhood and distributes the family-sized food boxes to the residents on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition, volunteers and neighborhood people help carry and deliver the food boxes to mothers with infants or young children, shut-ins and the elderly.


Holiday Giveaways

Free the Need operates an expanded food program for both Thanksgiving and the December Holidays. The majority of the food is donated by produce market vendors and local grocers. For the 2013 holiday events, 1000 food boxes were distributed.  Averaging 50 pounds, boxes contained fresh produce, canned and dry goods, bread, coffee and a large fresh turkey for a healthy holiday meal at home.
Annual Distribution
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Pounds of       Number of
Food              Boxes  

2013362,2367,306
2012223,4604,914
2011188,9353,648
2010164,5493,579
2009256,7414,090
2008121,1242,675
2007  96,2992,070
2006  84,5081,441
2005  82,2241,677
2004  40,330  636
2003  21,911  475
2002  20,482  460
2001206,6714,011
2000324,2505,081
1999  95,9271,884
1998193,6935,184
1997451,1066,779
1996454,2907,325
1995291,2057,211
1994232,1795,513
1993218,5575,204
1992 91,0633,009
1991  31,540  650
1990  34,860  776
1989  19,000  484
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Totals:   4,307,140  86,082