Announcing The Newton Community Freedge Collaborative (NCFC)

Take what you need, leave what you can!

On March 14th, Newton will have a new, free, supplemental food program that is available at all times and in all weather for anyone! The Newton “Freedge”, an outdoor refrigerator and pantry, will be located in Nonantum, in parking lot space generously donated by Central Drapery and Dry Cleaning. This volunteer-led initiative, organized by the Newton Food Pantry in collaboration with other local organizations, joins a growing network of other freedges in the Greater Boston area and throughout the country. 

Based on the operating principle of “take what you need, leave what you can”, the NCFC will coordinate volunteer teams to monitor, clean, and stock the freedge with a wide variety of perishable and nonperishable items, including fresh produce, milk, eggs, bread, many other staples, and some personal care items. In addition, local businesses and restaurants can partner with the NCFC by donating food and prepared meals. Individuals in the community are invited to contribute items as well, as long as they follow NCFC food acceptance guidelines.

The Newton Community Freedge Collaborative is excited to launch this initiative, offering an innovative way to help reduce food insecurity and increase engagement with the Newton community.

Want to get involved? Learn more on HERE!

  • Are you part of an organization that can form a volunteer team to monitor and stock the freedge either one day a week or twice a month?
  • Are you an individual who would like to join a team of volunteers to monitor and stock the freedge or help out in other ways?
  • Do you know of a local business or restaurant that wants to donate food or other items on a regular basis?
  • Want to join the Newton Freedge Facebook Group for updates and info about items you can donate? Be sure to follow us on Instagram @newtoncommunityfreedge to see what’s inside the Freedge each day

Contact: NCFC Volunteer Coordinator at for more info or to get involved