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Generous community support makes our work possible. We are committed to being efficient and effective stewards of your gift to ensure that it has the maximum impact possible.


As a busy, community-based nonprofit with a small staff, we rely on a team of volunteers to accomplish our mission. We have many different volunteer roles with different time commitments, so we probably have the right role for you.


Are you between jobs and running low on your savings? On a fixed income and finding it hard paying all your bills? Need a little help with groceries because of some other unexpected expenses? We can help out.

University District Food Bank

For nearly four decades, University District Food Bank has helped prevent hunger in Northeast Seattle neighborhoods. Each week, more than 1,300 different families receive the groceries they need to prepare nutritionally balanced meals at home.

In July 2016, after an incredible history at University Christian Church, we moved into a purpose built new home co-located with 49 units of affordable housing operated by LIHI and YouthCare, a job skills training café operated by Street Bean, and an amazing rooftop garden where we grow produce for the food bank.

Last year, we had over 67,000 customer visits and distributed 2.7 million pounds of food.

Approximately 17% of our customers are infants and children, 62% are adults, and 21% are senior citizens.  17% of our customers are homeless and we try to provide them with ready-to-eat foods when they visit the food bank.

Our home delivery program reaches another 150 homebound seniors every week and our backpack program, at 13 nearby schools, provides almost 600 kids with healthy meals and snacks for the weekend when school meals aren’t available.

Two-thirds of our food bank households have at least one person working at a job  full time but rely on the food bank to help save a few dollars to use for other monthly expenses. One-third of food bank customers report looking for additional employment.


  • Closed on Labor Day

    The food bank will be closed on Monday, September 2nd. Other hours that week are unchanged.

  • New Volunteer Orientation

    Interested in becoming a weekly volunteer at the U District Food Bank? Please consider coming to an upcoming new volunteer orientation! During orientation, new volunteers learn about what we do and how we get it done here at the food bank. Please RSVP to to secure your spot! See you there!

    Orientation dates include:

    9/4/2019 Wednesday 5-7 pm

    9/6/2019 Friday 2-4 pm

    9/16/2019 Monday 4-6 pm

    9/20/2019 Friday 2-4 pm

  • Save the Date for Auction 2019

    We will have our annual fundraiser on October 12th. More details will follow in the spring.

  • Learn about our Community Connector

    In our 2018 Take a Bite Out of Hunger auction video, you can learn about our work to connect customers to opportunity and the struggles of one customer family to find affordable housing. .