7 wonderful food banks in Seattle for those in need

Dec 7 2020, 9:00 pm

According to Northwest Harvest, one in 10 Washingtonians struggles with hunger. Although we rank as the second healthiest state in America, we’re 34th in food insecurity, with one in eight families relying on the SNAP food stamp program.

It’s important to note where your local food banks are so that you can donate, volunteer, or register to receive healthy and free food.

Seattle Food Committee

A full list of food resources and their contact information can be found online on Verdant Health.

White Center Food Bank


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The White Center Food Bank began in the mid-1970s to assist those living in the greater White Center and Highline areas. They currently serve over 59,000 individuals a year and offer baby foods, diapers, culturally relevant foods, canned goods, fresh produce, and more.

Appointments: Necessary and can be made online
Monday to Friday; 8 am to 4 pm
Location: 10829 8th Ave SW, Seattle
Phone: 206-762-2848
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Ballard Food Bank


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The Ballard Food Bank is set up like a grocery store for those living in the 98103, 98107, 98109, 98117, 98177, 98119, and 98199 zip codes. The Food Bank is currently operating as a drive-through, pick-up, and delivery service. More information on coronavirus protocols can be found online. If you’d like to help the Ballard Food Bank during the holidays, purchase something for their Hygiene Closet off of their Amazon Wishlist.

Appointments: Necessary for delivery but not drive-through. 
 Monday, 2 to 7 pm; Tuesday, 11 am to 4 pm; Wednesday, 11 am to 4 pm; Thursday, 2 to 7 pm; Friday to Sunday, closed
Location: 5130 Leary Way Avenue NW, Seattle
Phone: 206-789-7800
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West Seattle Food Bank


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The West Seattle Food Bank features a grocery store layout and offers a home delivery service to those living in zip codes 98106, 98116, 98126, and 98136 who don’t reside in one of the Mobile Food Bank sites. The Mobile Food Bank currently distributes supplies in the lobbies of Alaska House, Cal-Mor Circle, Westwood Heights, Cottage Grove Apartments for residents only, and the Senior Center of West Seattle. You can help out the Food Bank this holiday season by donating online.

Appointments: Not necessary 
Monday, closed; Tuesday, 9 am to 1 pm, seniors only; Wednesday 12 to 7 pm; Thursday, 9 am to 2 pm; Friday, 10 am to 2 pm
 3419 Southwest Morgan Street, Seattle
Phone: 206-932-9023
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The Food Bank at St. Mary’s


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The Food Bank at St. Mary’s provides groceries to individuals aged 18 and older, as well as their families. Groceries vary week to week but typically include a variety of meat, vegetables, fruits, dairy, frozen items, and canned goods. Home delivery is also available to those unable to leave their house.

Appointments: Not necessary
 Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 10 am to 1 pm
Location: 611 20th Avenue South, Seattle
Phone: 206-324-7100

University District Food Bank


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The University District Food Bank serves residents of zip codes 98102, 98103, 98105, 98112, 98115, and 98125. They offer a walk-in food bank, provide lunch to kids through eight local public schools, deliver grocery bags to people’s homes, and help them enroll in the food stamp program. To help the food bank, you can volunteer, host a food drive, or donate.

Appointments: Not necessary
 Monday, 9 am to 3 pm; Tuesday, 2 to 8 pm; Wednesday, closed; Thursday, 2 to 8 pm; Friday, 11 am to 4 pm; Saturday and Sunday, closed.
Location: 5017 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle
Phone: 206-523-7060

Pike Market Food Bank


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The Pike Market Food Bank serves those living in the 98101, 98104, and 98121 zip codes. They also serve homeless clients living in Downtown Seattle. Along with a market, they offer a Crisis Clinic, Neighborcare Health, and a Senior Center.

Appointments: Not necessary
 Tuesday, 10 am to 1 pm; Wednesday, 4 to 6 pm; Thursday, 10 am to 1 pm; Friday to Monday, closed
Location: 1531 Western Avenue, Seattle
Phone: 206-626-6462
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El Centro de la Raza


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Translated to The Center for People of All Races, El Centro de la Raza offers so much more than food. The Center helps to connect veterans to their loved ones, provides financial, transportation, healthcare, and childcare support to families, offers a senior nutrition and wellness program, and so much more. Their food bank serves those in zip codes 98101 and 98144.

Appointments: Not necessary
 Wednesday, 3:30 to 6:30 pm; Thursday, 10 am to 12 pm and 2 to 4 pm; Friday, 10 am to 12 pm and 2 to 4 pm; Saturday to Tuesday, closed
Location: 2524 16th Avenue South, Seattle
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