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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 32 years, University District Food Bank has helped prevent hunger in Northeast Seattle neighborhoods. Each week, more than 1,100 different families receive the groceries they need to prepare nutritionally balanced meals at home.

Last year, we had over 54,000 customer visits and distributed 2.3 million pounds of food from a cozy 800 square foot facility. We are consistently one of the busiest food banks in the City of Seattle.

Approximately 16% of our customers are infants and children, 56% are adults, and 28% are senior citizens.  15% 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 80 homebound seniors every week and our backpack program, at 8 nearby schools, provides almost 500 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.


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    Closed on Memorial Day

    We will be closed on Monday, May 29th.

  • Join us at Street Fair

    Be sure to visit us at this year’s University District Street Fair on May 20th and 21st,

  • Miss the auction but want to watch the video?

    Thanks to Greg Westhoff for our visually stunning video for the 2016 Take a Bite Out of Hunger auction.

  • We have a new address.

    Our new address is 5017 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle WA 98105. Please use this address for sending us mail, coming to volunteer, and collecting groceries.

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