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We will be closed on June 14 (Friday)

 

Visit

We want to help you and your family stay well fed. We can provide you the groceries you need when your pantry supplies are running low and you aren’t sure how you will afford your next grocery store trip. Come pay us a visit and leave with groceries that same day.

Volunteer

As a busy, community-based organization with a small (but mighty) staff, we rely on volunteers to keep our neighbors well fed. We have so many different opportunities that we might just have the right role for you.

Donate

Your generous financial support makes our work possible. It truly is the power of many small gifts that add up to make a difference. Your investment matters. We are committed to being efficient and effective stewards of your gift to ensure that it has the maximum impact possible.

University District Food Bank

In 2023, University District Food Bank saw demand for services increase by 60%. This increase in demand, rising food costs and the elimination of some Covid era benefits resulted in a doubling of our fiscal year food purchasing budget.

For over four decades, University District Food Bank has helped prevent hunger in Northeast Seattle neighborhoods. Each week, more than 2,200 different families receive the groceries they need to prepare nutritionally balanced, culturally relevant 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 year round.

Last year, we had over 109,000 household visits (253,000 individuals) and distributed over 3.4 million pounds of food across all our programs.

Approximately 20% of our customers are infants and children, 63% are adults, and 17% are senior citizens.  25% of our customers are also unsheltered, so we try to provide them with ready-to-eat foods when they visit the food bank.

Our home delivery program reaches over 450 home-bound customers every week. Our backpack program, at 18 nearby schools, provides over 960 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 groceries to over 375 households a week.

Our recently opened “Apple a Day Café” (in the former Street Bean space) offers a selection of freshly prepared meals and beverages to patrons, filling them with sustenance and a sense of community.

Our Community Connector program links customers to important resources and services outside the food bank, helping customers improve economic stability and self-sufficiency.

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Announcements

  • We are closed Friday, June 14th

    We will be closed on Friday, June 14th, but other hours this week are unchanged.

  • ISO handled grocery bags

    Do you have a stockpile of sturdy, handled, paper grocery bags? Yes, you can donate them to us.  Thanks.

  • Our Land Acknowledgement

    To honor indigenous peoples and resist erasure of their histories we humbly acknowledge the original stewards of the land where the U-District Food Bank works, the Duwamish Tribe and Puget Salish Tribes.