Beginning in 1989, on a regular weekly basis, a staff of volunteers has collected and distributed in excess of 3.9 million pounds of food to over 78 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. A vehicle drives into the neighborhood and delivers food boxes to the residents on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition, volunteers and neighborhood people help carry the food to shut-ins and the elderly.

Because this distribution happens on the
streets of the poor neighborhoods, the
program reaches those people on the very
bottom - those who have no resources, no
hope and little information about what is
available to them through other possible
existing programs.

Holiday Giveaways

In 1990, the Board of Directors voted to supplement the food giveaway program at the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays by including turkeys and hams in the food boxes. In 1990, FREE the NEED gave away 80 holiday boxes. All of the boxes for both holidays contained turkeys, flour, rice, beans, and assorted produce including potatoes, onions and yams.

In 1996, at its two holiday giveaways FREE the NEED gave away a total of almost 40 tons of food in 850 food boxes, including turkeys.









































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Yearly Statistics for Food Given Away
Pounds of Food and Number of Boxes
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    1989         19,000   484
    1990         34,860   776
    1991         31,540   650
    1992 91,063      3,009
    1993 218,5575,204
    1994 232,1795,513
    1995 291,2057,211
    1996 454,2907,325
    1997 451,1066,779
    1998 193,6935,184
    1999   95,9271,884
    2000 324,2505,081
    2001 206,6714,011
    2002 20,482   460
    2003 21,911   475
    2004 40,330   636
    2005 82,2241,677
    2006  84,5081,441
    2007  96,2992,070
    2008121,1242,675
    2009256,7414,090
    2010164,5493,579
    2011               188,935               3,648
    2012               223,460               4,914
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    Totals:    3,944,904  78,776
Food Program
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Siskiyou  530.465.2411


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Want List
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  • New PC Laptop Computer.
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