Despite Newton’s image as an affluent suburb, too many of our neighbors struggle to put food on their tables. The Newton Freedge is one way we can help. A free, 24/7 outdoor refrigerator and pantry, the Freedge provides free food and personal supplies to anyone who needs them.
The Freedge is located at 420 Watertown Street-in the parking lot of Central Drapery and Dry Cleaning in Nonantum. The Freedge is open to anyone, no questions asked and no sign up needed. Learn More.
Volunteer teams are needed to keep the Freedge clean and stocked! Start a volunteer team or join a team already created. See below for more information about existing teams and find out how to get involved. Learn More.
Newton Freedge Mission Statement: To provide an alternative, anonymous, and free supplemental food program for all who have need, supported by the collective resources of the community. We value inclusivity, equity and diversity and remain apolitical.
Based on the operating principle of “take what you need, leave what you can”, 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.
Visit the Freedge, everything is free!
The Freedge is open to anyone, no questions asked and no sign up needed. The Freedge will have milk, eggs, bread, rice/pasta, beans, peanut butter, prepared foods and much more! Please take ONLY what you need and leave the rest for your neighbors. Learn more in English, Russian, Spanish, and Mandarin here.
How to Help
This is a great way to support our community – get your whole family involved! You can visit the Freedge any time, at 420 Watertown Street, to donate food and personal care items. Please put all items inside the shed. Do not leave anything on the ground. When donating, take a picture and send it to us so we can post it on Instagram to show users what’s available. Read these guidelines prior to donating.
Start a Volunteer Team
Rally the troops and start your own team! Teams will be assigned a weekly shift, during which they will collect food from local business partners, ensure that the Freedge is clean and well-stocked, and report any problems. An overview of team responsibilities can be found here. Contact the Newton Community Freedge Volunteer Coordinator to get started.
Join a Team
Looking for a team to join? Reach out to email@example.com to connect with any of the Community Partners below.
- Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation
- Christ the King Church
- NewCity Church
- Newton Centre Minyan
- Newton Food Pantry
- Newton Neighbors Helping Neighbors
- Rotary Club of Newton
- Parish of the Good Shepherd
- Temple Shalom
- Union Church in Waban
- West Suburban YMCA
Follow the Freedge
Become a Business Partner
The partners below are providing food and supplies to our neighbors in need. Contact us to find out how to join them in supporting the Newton Freedge!
Central Drapery and Dry Cleaning
Cheryl Ann’s Bakery
Food To Your Table
Frank’s Brick Oven Pizza
Gilman, Guidelli & Bellow Builders
Great Harvest Newtonville
Jill Coull Creative
New England Soup Factory
Newton at Home
Newton Community Farm
Newton Food Pantry
R.P. Marzilli Landscape Contractors
Sweet Tomatoes Pizza Newton Centre
Whole Foods Four Corners
Donate to Support the Freedge
The Freedge can use your financial support! To help keep us going, donate here:
COVID-19 Safety Guidelines:
Whether you are a volunteer Freedge monitor, food donor or Freedge user, please follow these safety guidelines: wear a mask, sanitize your hands before and after opening the Freedge – or wear gloves, and maintain a distance of 6 feet from all individuals who visit the Freedge
Thank you to our host, business partners, community partners and funders.
The Newton Community Freedge is run by a true collaborative of volunteers and supporters from across the many villages of Newton! It “takes a village” to ensure the ongoing success of this important initiative. The NCFC offers its sincere appreciation to:
- The Newton Food Pantry for its leadership in coordinating and kicking off this important project.
- Central Drapery and Dry Cleaning for hosting the Newton Freedge in their parking lot at 420 Watertown Street in Nonantum. Owner, Mark Levine, has provided us with a fantastic location to host the Freedge and we hope that you will consider dropping off your dry cleaning needs when you are there to use or support the Freedge.
- Our Business Partners for donating items to regularly stock in the Freedge as well as offering other critical services and in-kind support.
- Our Community Partners for recruiting teams of volunteers to monitor, stock, and clean the Freedge throughout each day.
- Our Seed Funders: Village Bank, The Newton Food Pantry, and Wegmans for providing the financial resources to launch this critical resource for the Newton community
We welcome involvement and investment from additional individuals, organizations, and businesses. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to participate!