Free Baltimore

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Housing[edit]

Being an Industrial City there is not much "free" housing, but in the heart of the city is various shelters such as the one run by the Basilica of the Assumption which is directly across from the Enoch Pratt FREE Library.

Food[edit]

Go to Today's Catch, the local fish market in the Wilde Lake Village Center in Nearby Columbia and ask them if they have any leftover, unsold fish from the previous day and if you could take it off of their hands. MAKE SURE IT IS STILL EDIBLE!! Remember; if it stinks like fish, it ain't good! Fresh fish doesn't smell like "fish". Freeze what ever you get in Ziploc bags. That should keep in the freezer for a week, or two.

Most Bakeries discard day-old cookies, bread, rolls, cake etc. each morning, BUT you have to get there by 7:00 A.M. in order to get the stuff. It's a day old, but still very good. If you want them absolutely fresh, put them in an oven to which you have added a pan of water (to avoid drying them out), and warm them for a few minutes. Most bakeries will give you day old stuff if you give them a half way decent sob story.

Most stores clean their vegetable bins every day at 9:00 A.M. They always throw out cartons of very good vegetables. Tell them you want to feed your rabbits. Check the Yellow Pages for Catering Services. You can visit them on a Saturday, Sunday afternoon or Monday morning. They always have stuff left over. Invest in one of the Jewish Community Center web sites and check out the addresses of the local synagogues and their schedule of Bar Mitzvahs, weddings, and testimonial dinners. Show up at the back of the place about three hours after it is scheduled to start. There is always left-over food. Tell them you're a college student and want to bring some back for your fraternity brothers. Also recommended is picking up food in a supermarket and eating it before you leave the store. This method is a lot safer than the customary shoplifting. In order to be prosecuted for shoplifting you have to leave the store with the goods. If you have eaten it there is no evidence to be used against you.

The Whole Foods near Falls Rd. (in Mt. Washington Village) is surprisingly easy to steal from. Just take small things, like cheeses, chocolate, or rolls, and slip them up your sleeves. Then, casually reach into your coat/pants pocket and deposit the item (this method also works well with pens, small notebooks, and other minimally packaged items). Then go up to the register and buy a soda (69 cents, as of writing this), and then casually walk outside. I've been getting my lunch this way about 3-4 times a week for the past three years and I have never been bothered once.

Medical Care[edit]

MEDICAID[edit]

Medicaid is a very good deal if you can qualify and can stand a little red tape. According to the new law you have to be under 21 or over 65 years of age and have a low income ($ 30,000 or less per year if you are single) or be on S.S.I. to qualify. It takes about a month to process your application, but if you get a card you are entitled to free hospital and dental services, private physicians, drugs and many other medical advantages.

Hospitals[edit]

  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
600 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287
(410) 955-5000
  • St Agnes
900 S. Caton Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21229
410-368-6000
  • University of Maryland Medical Center.
22. S. Greene St.
Baltimore, MD 21201-1595
800-492-5538
  • Planned Parenthood
330 North Howard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410.576.1414
Fax: 410.783.2647

Legal Aid[edit]

If you get arrested and can not afford a lawyer, one will be appointed to you free of charge.

Play[edit]

Ocean City Maryland is a large beach town/city on Maryland's eastern shore. to get there you have to cross the Bay Bridge which during the summer months can be a real bitch! There are also many parks in and around Baltimore including Patterson Park, Druid Hill Park, Rash Field and various others.

Books[edit]

The Book Thing of Baltimore distributes free used books every Saturday and Sunday. The place is huge and you can take as many books as you want. Locations and hours can be found on their website. [1] Also visit Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse for the best in Radical/Revolutionary literature. they are also on the web. [2] Their Storefront address is

800 St. Paul St
Baltimore, MD 21202

Information[edit]

There are three major TV News outlets in Baltimore and the surrounding suburbs. WJZ Broadcasts on channel 13, WMAR broadcasts on channel 2 and WBAL broadcasts on channel 11.

Underground Papers[edit]

Baltimore City Paper can be found in bookstores all around central Maryland, and in distinct yellow vending boxes on almost every street corner in Baltimore City. And the best thing about BCP is that its FREE!! Also, there is the INDYPENDENT READER which is published quarterly. The IndyReader is also free and covers a great deal of local radical information. Give them a visit. [3] Also worth mentioning is the Indypendent Reader's parent company, Baltimore IndyMedia Center. [4]

Public Transit[edit]

If you are a student or a senior citizen, you can catch the green or white Howard Transit buses in and around Howard County and pay only $1. the MTA in Baltimore City also offers low cost rides for students and seniors. The best form of free transportation is hitch-hiking. This is so novel that it often works. Maryland Route 29 or Route 40 is a good place.

Bike Collective[edit]

The Velocipede Bike Project is a bike collective in Baltimore. As per their website [5] a monthly fee of $30 or 3 hours of volunteer time entitles a member to unlimited use of tools, and services. They also permit one time tool use, but request a $5-15 donation. "No one will be turned away for lack of funds, but remember that we do need to keep the lights on!!"

Their address is 4 West Lanvale Street, Baltimore, MD. Their current hours are a bit odd being only on wednesdays, thursdays, and sundays.

Free Clothing and Furniture[edit]

Baltimore Free Store takes donated & salvaged goods and redistributes them throughout Baltimore City - free of charge. [6]