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Locally Founded. Locally Funded. Locally Focused.

A simple online donation, a drop off of food and clothing or an hour of time given, every act makes a difference.

Gather Your Group & Give Back

Is your volunteer group or business looking for a way to give back to the community? Here are some opportunities that your group can participate in to support our neighbors in need. What we have to offer our local families is a direct result of the generosity of our community.

Birthday Bags

Help to make a child or a family member’s birthday special. Collect donations for birthday bags. Bags include a disposable 9X13 cake pan, frosting, cake mix and candles.

Bags can be purchased or decorated by hand for a personalized touch.

Welcome Baby

Collect the following new items for layettes: bibs, burp clothes, newborn diapers, swaddles, onesies, mitts, hats, sleepers, socks, ointment, baby wash, baby wipes, and receiving blankets.

Grow a Row

Plant an extra row of veggies in your garden and give the produce from that row to the Father Fred Food Pantry.

Personal Care Drive

Collect donations of essential items like diapers, pull ups, shampoo, laundry soap, floss, toothpaste and toothbrushes, disposable razors, feminine care products, bath soap, deodorant, etc…

Back to School Drive

Collect school supplies, like pens, pencils, notebooks, tissues, glue sticks and paper packs and deliver to The Foundation for distribution in September.

Toy Drive

Collect all types of new and gently used toys, including games and stuffed animals for distribution to children that visit the clothing store with their parents.

Fall Food Drive

Late September, donations of food are accepted at local markets and other drop off sites.

Toys for Tots Distribution

Late December, distribution happens just before Christmas.

Frostbite Food Drive

January 29th-February 6th, donations are accepted at Team Bob's, local markets and other drop off sites.

Annual Garage Sale Fundraisers

May 7th


One person CAN make a difference.  How?
What we have to offer local families in need is a direct result of the generosity of our community. We welcome your ideas, your time, your donations, your questions. Call us at 231-947-2055.

We have regular weekly volunteer time slots available. Contact Jen Ray, Volunteer Manager, 

See our "ideal items to donate" list, bottom of our home page.




Our guest services hours for pantry, financial assistance, and clothing and household goods are : Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10am - 2pm and Wednesday 10am-7pm
Our building is open for in person services.  Drive up pantry services and personal shopper services are still available.  Please call  231.947.2055 once you have arrived at The Foundation for these services.   

The Father Fred Foundation
826 Hastings
Traverse City, MI 49686
Ph: (231) 947-2055
Fax: (231) 947-1818