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We will be closed on February 9 (Friday)


Note as of March 1, 2023:

  • We are open for in-store grocery shopping. Please be patient as we invite folks inside.
  • Face masks are strongly encouraged inside the food bank space.
  • Face masks are strongly encouraged while you wait in line outside to shop.
  • If you do not want to come inside to shop, you can still complete a shopping preference card and a volunteer will shop for you while you wait outside. Let our greeter know this when you arrive.
  • We will monitor county and state public health notices and adjust these guidelines as needed.

Thanks for your patience. 


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.


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.


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

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 58,000 customer visits and distributed over 2.4 million pounds of food.

Approximately 30% of our customers are infants and children, 55% are adults, and 15% are senior citizens.  15% 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 almost 400 home-bound customers every week. Our backpack program, at 14 nearby schools, provides almost 550 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 another 200 households a week.

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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  • We are closed Friday, February 9th

    We are closed on Friday, February 9th, 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.