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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 68,000 customer visits and distributed 3.1 million pounds of food.

Approximately 19% of our customers are infants and children, 63% are adults, and 18% 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 200 home-bound customers every week. Our backpack program, at 13 nearby schools, provides almost 600 kids with meals and snacks for the weekend when school meals aren’t available.

Our two off site food pantries located at Mercy Magnuson Place and North Seattle College provide another 380 households food.

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.


  • Saturday hours ending

    After September 26, we won’t offer Saturday walk-up services. Other distribution hours remain unchanged.

  • We had a Garden Party

    Thanks for joining us for our virtual garden party. Please share our garden party video with your friends and family, your neighbors, and co-workers. With any luck, we can host you in person next year.

  • COVID-19 Announcement

    In light of the increasing outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are creating temporary changes to operations and encouraging social distancing by creating and providing pre-made boxes of food until it is safe to resume normal operations. We are still operating at our normal hours. For more details about our changes and how UDFB is handling COVID-19 please click here.

  • Our Land Acknowledgement

    To honor indigenous peoples and resist erasure of their histories we have publicly acknowledged the original stewards of the land where we hold the U-District Food Bank on, the Duwamish Tribe and Puget Salish Tribes.