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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
                 Pounds of Food Number of Boxes
2014 371,523 8,896
2013 362,263 7,306
2012 223,460 4,914
2011 188,935 3,648
2010 164,549 3,579
2009 256,714 4,090
2008 121,124 2,675
2007 96,299 2,070
2006 84,508 1,441
2005 82,224 1,677
2004 40,330 636
2003 21,911 475
2002 20,482 460
2001 206,671 4,011
2000 324,250 5,081
1999 95,927 1,884
1998 193,693 5,184
1997 451,106 6,779
1996 454,291 7,325
1995 291,205 7,211
1994 232,179 5,513
1993 218,557 5,204
1992 91,063 3,009
1991 31,540 650
1990 34,860 776
1989 19,000 484
Totals 4,678,663 94,978