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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 67,000 customer visits and distributed 2.7 million pounds of food.

Approximately 17% of our customers are infants and children, 62% are adults, and 21% 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 150 homebound seniors every week and our backpack program, at 13 nearby schools, provides almost 600 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.


  • Join us for Trick or Treat Roosevelt


    Trick or treaters are invited to visit local businesses on Roosevelt Ave NE between NE 47th and NE 52nd Streets to collect candy and enjoy fun activities.

    Come interact with real working vehicles from construction crews and departments, such as a local firetruck!

    If you are able, please bring a nonperishable item to donate to the University District Food Bank such as canned fruit, chicken, tuna, salmon, soup or stew.

  • New Volunteer Orientation

    Interested in becoming a weekly volunteer at the U District Food Bank? Please consider coming to an upcoming new volunteer orientation! During orientation, new volunteers learn about what we do and how we get it done here at the food bank. Please RSVP to to secure your spot! See you there!

    Orientation dates include:

    Monday, 10/21 from 4-6 pm

    Friday, 10/25 from 2 – 4 pm

    Monday, November 11th, 5-7pm

    Wednesday, December 4th, 4-6pm