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Locally Founded. Locally Funded. Locally Focused.

Listening To You. Caring For You. Sharing With You.

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.

Donations of Clothing and Household Goods are Temporarily Suspended.

    Thank you for your patience, support, and understanding.

    Please DO NOT leave items at our donation door.

    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 toothbrushes... disposable razors... feminine care products... bar soap... stick deodorant.

    We greatly appreciate your donations!




    The Fall Food Drive Starts on Saturday

    Help Us Fight Hunger

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    New Executive Director Announcement

    The Father Fred Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Candice Hamel as its new Executive Director. Ms. Hamel comes to the Foundation with more than 25 years of serving at-risk populations. Currently an Executive Director of the Northwest Resource Center’s Great Start to Quality serving a ten-county region, Ms. Hamel’s direct human services experience also includes service program management for Child Protective Services of the State of Michigan Department of Human Services. She has an undergraduate degree in Family Life Education and a Masters in Organizational Management.

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    Our guest services and donation 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
    Ph: (231) 947-2055
    Fax: (231) 947-1818