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who we are

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Locally Founded. Locally Funded. Locally Focused.

We strive to help everyone who comes to Father Fred seeking assistance so that no need in our community is unfulfilled. We honor the legacy of Father Fred by treating all people with dignity and respect, while nurturing hope and working with humility.

Since 1989, The Father Fred Foundation has been helping individuals and families with their essential immediate needs; nourishing food on the table, keeping heat and lights on, needed work shoes, children's boots and clothing, or a table or bed when the necessities of home are unaffordable. Above all, we work to nurture hope when all else seems hopeless. What we have is given free of charge to those in need. We serve our five local counties ( Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Kalkaska ) and we welcome all individuals. Every week a dedicated team of volunteers and a small staff are the hands and hearts of Father Fred.

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

Every Donation Makes a Difference Video

Donor Privacy Policy



2018 990 Form

Our guest services hours for pantry, financial assistance, and clothing and household goods are : Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10am - 2pm and Wednesday 2pm-6pm
We are excited to offer Clothing and Household Goods beginning May 4, 2021. This service will be provided outdoors, pending weather, during our normal service hours. We will continue to offer a "personal shopper" to shop for essential items if we are unable to provider services due to inclement weather.  Please call and we will be happy to assist you.  231.947.2055

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