Donate Food and Items
Food donations are always welcome. Last year, we distributed more than 2.1 million pounds of food and donations from individuals in our community were critical to that achievement.
While we welcome all varieties of nonperishable foods, there are several foods that are always in short supply. These include:
- canned fruit (we never have enough)
- canned chicken, tuna, and salmon
- soups and stews
- peanut or other nut butters (especially crunchy)
- shelf stable milk and milk alternatives (rice, soy, hemp, etc)
- cooking oil
- baby formula and diapers (especially for older babies)
For a more extensive list of what foods to donate, please visit our section about hosting a food drive.
Public health rules prevent us from accepting any homemade, already opened, or unlabeled food, so please leave grandma’s strawberry jam and your half-used jar of cooking oil at home. Thanks.
Did you know we can accept more than just your canned food donations? We also appreciate donations of:
- reusable shopping bags are incredibly useful and help us save money in the long run,
- toiletries and hygiene supplies like soap, toilet paper, toothpaste, and feminine hygiene products all help food bank customers meet more of their basic needs,
- fresh produce from your garden, CSA or P-Patch is quite popular with our customers, and
- pet food helps food bank families keep their pets nourished too.
Food donations can be dropped off to the food bank Monday through Friday at our alley window just south of our front door at 1413 NE 50th Street. We can receive donations Monday from 9:30am-3pm, Tuesday 9:30am-noon plus 2pm-8pm, Wednesday from 9:30am-noon, Thursday from 9:30am-noon plus 2pm-8pm, and Friday from 9:30am-3pm.
If you cannot bring food by when we are open, you may also leave it in our donation barrel at the QFC in University Village (open 24 hours a day, near the US Bank inside) or at Whole Foods Roosevelt Square (in the lobby of the underground parking garage).