regular open Hours

The Chattanooga Free Store is located at 1701 Dodson Avenue, Suite C (around the back). We’re open every week on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 6:00PM to 8:00PM, and during these hours you can drop off donations or shop for free clothes, household items, and books, as well as menstrual products, pregnancy tests, emergency contraception, condoms, naloxone, and fentanyl test strips (as we have them in stock).

When you come during open hours, please knock to check-in with a volunteer. No identification or proof of income is required; we’ll just ask for a name for your group, and how many adults and children are with you. Once you’re checked in, a volunteer will let you know when it’s your turn to shop. Due to our small space, we can only allow up to 8 people to be shopping at once, so when we have a lot of shoppers, there may be a short wait time. If you prefer not to wait, we recommend coming after 7:00PM, when it’s usually less busy.

Each group will have 15 minutes to browse the store. We provide 2 bags for each adult in the group, and ask that you don’t bring your own bags. Children are not allowed to shop, but they can color or play at our kids table. For parents with babies or toddlers, we have a stroller available for use while shopping – just ask a volunteer.

Essential items pickup days

On the fourth Saturday of each month, we distribute free essential items like diapers and wipes, shampoo and conditioner, bar soap, deodorant, toilet paper, laundry detergent, and dish soap. Each family or household gets a numbered ticket when they arrive, and then receives a set amount of items on a first-come, first-served basis. On these days, we’re open from 2pm-4pm or until supplies run out.

chattanooga community fridge

We partner with the Chattanooga Community Fridge to maintain a free fridge and pantry outside of the store. It’s open 24/7 for anyone to take what they need or give what they can. You can donate any unopened, unexpired food items or drinks – we suggest bottled water, produce, snacks, and premade meals!

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