Spread our Surplus

#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 – as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, generosity is what brings people of all races, faiths, and political views together across the globe. Generosity gives everyone the power to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value anyone can act on. Help us to feed families fresh healthy food. Every donation makes a difference! Together we make a difference!

We believe there's enough to go around

Thousands of pounds of food are thrown away every day. We are ending this waste and putting that food in the right place—into the lives of people who need it.

In 2019 we distributed

362,964

Pounds of food

400

Backpacks with supplies

760

Thanksgiving dinners

Distributing surplus inspires abundance

When people experience having more than they need, they share with neighbors and friends and experience first-hand spreading their surplus.

Free the Need works in subtle ways by changing a person’s experience of the world they live in.

As Edith, a long-time Free the Need volunteer, describes in this video, many people have come to Free the Need just wanting to help themselves but when they start to experience having enough, they have more attention for greater aspects of life.

With Free the Need it’s easy to jump in and get involved by simply showing up and seeing what can be done to help. Many times over we have seen people become filled with surplus and start looking for ways to give it away, whether it is extra food from their overflowing box or extra time they have to contribute to bettering the lives of others.

We call it catching the Free the Need spirit.

Meet Celia, a recipient-turned-giver

Celia has been part of Free the Need since 2004 when her and her  husband began receiving food boxes at our giveaway location near Garfield Park in the Mission District of San Francisco. After several months of coming each week to receive a box, they became integral to the giveaway itself as they helped organize the line of recipients and would aid in communication. Eventually, they began to volunteer at 9AM every Friday to help make the boxes. Now, they are key Mission District community members and help Free the Need access and serve many local families. Celia’s enthusiastic volunteerism for the past 14 years is inspiring and exemplifies the sustainability of Free the Need.

“These people do so much good. I’m happy to be a part.”

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