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Locally Founded. Locally Funded. Locally Focused.

What we have to offer families in need is a direct result of the generosity of our community.


Since 1989, The Father Fred Foundation has been providing food, clothing, household goods, and financial assistance to those with less within our five-county community. In the words of Father Fred himself, we are here to listencareshare, and above all, provide hope for those who find themselves in difficult times. Our goal is to ensure that no one in our community falls through the cracks - and we do all this without accepting any state or federal aid. To read more about The Father Fred Foundation, go to Who We Are.

Treating our neighbors with dignity and respect is the core of our existence. Father Fred used to say, “Look Good, Feel Good, Be Good.”  Words that echo in all that we do.

With that in mind, please help us to help our neighbors by donating those items that our neighbors need.

  • Current season clothing ready to go into another person’s home (no stains, tears or other repairs needed)
  • Linens (sheets, pillowcases, blankets, towels)
  • Household goods (dishes, glasses, pots, pans, bakeware, silverware)
  • Basic furniture: mattresses and frames (no stains, no tears, no king size), dressers, sofas (not hide-a-beds), kitchen tables and chairs, books shelves and end tables.

Due to both space constraints and volunteer capacity, we are not able to accept out of season clothing, out of season holiday décor, vases, baskets, etc.

We are here to accept your donations Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 4. If our donation door is not open when you come by, please call the office, 947-2055, and we will meet you at the door to accept your donations.

Please note: Donations left outside of our door overnight must be disposed of, which costs The Foundation.  Please do not leave donations outside of our facility.  THANK YOU!.

Food items: 5 oz. canned chicken or tuna... oatmeal... peanut butter... rice... dried beans 1lb bag... spaghetti or pasta... pasta sauce... soups... canned fruits in juice.

Personal care items: diapers... baby wipes... 12 oz. shampoo... laundry soap.... toothpaste and tooth brushes... disposable razors... feminine care products... bar soap... stick deodorant.

We greatly appreciate your donations!




Volunteer Drivers and Assistants Needed


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2018 Frostbite Food Drive was a big success!

You helped us reach our goal of 900 banana boxes of food! Food is still coming in but at this point we have received over 1100 boxes of food!!! Monetary donations stand at $19,946 but, like with the food, more keeps coming in!

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Furniture Donations Update-Please read before you donate.

Due to space constraints and limited furniture pick-up volunteers we are only able to accept furniture donations that fill basic critical needs for our guests. Items we are currently accepting: dining tables and chairs, dressers, mattresses and metal bed frames, coffee tables, end tables and bookshelves. At this time, The Foundation is no longer accepting upholstered couches or chairs, recliners, entertainment centers, desks or commercial office furniture.  We sincerely appreciate your donations and support.

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Extended Financial Aid Hours

Beginning January 2017, financial assistance will be available until 6:30 pm on Wednesdays. 

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Our guest services hours : Tuesday through Friday 10am - 2pm*
* food pantry / clothing  open on Wed until 7 pm and financial assistance until 6.30 pm

The Father Fred Foundation
826 Hastings
Traverse City, MI 49686