What is the
Baltimore Free Market?
BFM is a program of Parts of Peace and exists to further our organization's mission to empower families in Baltimore by partnering with them to meet their basic needs and beyond. Modeling principles from the gift economy, BFM distributes high quality donations from popular retailers to those that need them in Baltimore. This program exists primarily to support community members with meeting their basic needs while also encouraging a sustainable approach to consumerism and environmentalism.
The BFM online marketplace is comprised of everyday goods. Some items are common, while others are more peculiar, however all of these items can make a difference for a family that needs them. The BFM Catalog includes items like clothing, appliances, cookware, bedding, shoes, baby items, shoes, bag, house goods, beauty items, electronics, appliances, pet supplies and more.
All items listed in the Baltimore Free Market are 100% FREE to members.
Membership to the BFM is also free for individual / family memberships.
Exclusive access to free household items:It could be a one-time request for school supplies, an emergency request for winter coats or even a family searching for activities to do together, whatever the need may be, we aim to help meet it.
Transforming the lives of Baltimore's families, one item at a time"Things are just things", yet some things can make a profound difference in the lives of those around us. Baltimore Free Market transforms lives by giving the right "things" to those that need them.
Individual / Household Membership
The goal of Free Market Baltimore is to increase access to every day goods for communities in Baltimore City. All items received from the Baltimore Free Market are free of charge.
*Our team is unable to deliver items. Items must be picked up from our office in Baltimore city. A pick-up appointment is required. We have contracted with a local third-party courier service to provide delivery to residents.
Most orders are delivered for a flat fee of $15. (Items are free, delivery is not).
To receive items faster, you may also request to have items mailed (the fee for mailed orders varies and depends on the quantity and weight of items).
Some items are too large to ship or deliver and must be picked up.
Membership to the Free Market Baltimore is granted for a 1 year term. All members must submit an application that provides information about their household size as well as other information critical to ensuring that we are providing support to households that can most benefit from accessing the Baltimore Free Market.
The Baltimore Free Market is available to Baltimore City residents and those in surrounding counties (in the state of Maryland only).
Membership Information by County:
Our programs aim to meet the greatest need, and as such our services focus primarily on Baltimore city residents. Baltimore city residents and referrals from organizations that serve Baltimore city residents are our priority.
All other Counties
Residents of other counties in Maryland are eligible to view and request items from the Baltimore Free Market. Please note that you are responsible for picking up any requested and approved items. We cannot provide or arrange delivery outside of Baltimore city.
Agency / Organization Memberships,
Requests & Client Referrals
Baltimore Free Market supports the everyday efforts of local nonprofits serving communities of need in Baltimore city and select surrounding counties. Agencies have 3 options for requesting items to further their mission and support their clients:
This quarterly subscription gives partner agencies access to the entire Baltimore Free Market inventory to request items / and or make individual client referrals. Membership also includes exclusive access to high quality goods, and first choice of options as they are received to our warehouse. Membership is $25 per quarter.
Agency requests are bulk requests made by agencies, generally for items with high inventory counts. Agencies (partners and non-partners) are made aware of items available for these requests through our partner newsletter. These requests do not require membership.
Individual Client Referrals
Agencies may also make individual client referrals. Partner members may complete a referral for any item available in the Baltimore Free Market inventory. Non-partners can make a general referral by explaining the client / household situation and requesting items that are needed.
All agencies must also meet the following eligibility criteria:
Located in the state of Maryland
501c3 or fiscally sponsored
Serves individuals in need regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity (where applicable) and immigration status