As reports and recommendations have been made about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) by the Seattle King County Public Health and CDC, we have made changes to our daily operations at the University District Food Bank. Beginning March 12th until it is safe to resume normal operations, we are implementing temporary and precautionary changes to the walk in food bank to minimize the spread of the virus, and to help protect vulnerable populations.

In effort to help keep our community, customers, volunteers, and staff members healthy we have suspended normal operations of the food bank. PLEASE NOTE: there have been no known cases of COVID-19 reported at the food bank. We will continue to update via our website and social media if any further changes are made.

Rather than closing completely, our team of volunteers and staff members will be temporarily creating and handing out supplemental food boxes to our customers. Thank you for your patience in advance.

Changes in Operations

Food bank: We will be pausing all shopping inside our building and in place we will be handing out premade boxes of non-perishable and perishable items that will be distributed outside of the foodbank. Please be aware of signs explaining where to check-in and pick up boxes.

  • If you are sick please do not come to the food bank and ask for a friend, family member, aid, etc. to come in your place and bring your ID to check-in.
  • There will be no number distribution.
  • Customers will check-in around the corner nearby the garage, please be considerate and form a line to check in.
  • At check-in we will hand you a sheet to fill out your preferences for perishables which will be added to the premade box. We will distribute it to you at our normal entrance.
  • We are temporarily providing supplemental boxes so we do not have to close as an organization. Due to decreased donations from our partners we will be handing out less food than usual. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.


Mail: We will be providing mail services as normal. If you are only picking up mail go to the pickup station with your ID and ask for mail.

Community Connections: If you need to contact Liliya please call at (206)-523-7060×708 or email at

Home Delivery: At this time the home delivery program will continue at its normal operations. To protect our volunteers and customers safety we will only be delivering the box to your doorstep. We are currently unavailable to take on new customers. If you are a current customer and unable to come to the food bank and were in need of this program we are currently reaching out for more solutions to continue providing food to everyone in need.

Packs for Kids: As Seattle Public Schools are closed, please contact Anya at to work out a solution for students. Any family that uses the Packs for Kids program, we welcome you to come to our food bank and receive food during our normal hours of operation. If you are out of our service area, please let the check-in know you are part of our program, we will still provide you with food.

Donations: We are accepting and in need of your donations. If you have donations please bring them to the food bank at 5017 Roosevelt Way NE and enter through the garage. Please check our website on our Donate page for instructions and items needed. High need items: any hygiene/sanitary products (toilet paper, hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, dental items, etc.), canned foods (protein and vegetable items), meat, other nonperishable items (pasta, oatmeal, rice, etc.), infant supplies, and paper bags with handles. Monetary donations are the most helpful.

Volunteers: Please continue to come in as you are willing and able. We ask that volunteers who are at a higher risk to please consider necessary precautions and temporarily suspend volunteer services. If you are sick, we ask you kindly to stay home and take care of yourself. We understand if you are unable to volunteer and we happily welcome you back once you are healthy and feel safe to do so. If you do need to stay home or cannot make your shift, please let us know in advance. Email or call at (206)-523-7060×706.

Please follow us on our website and social medias, Twitter: @UDistFoodBank Facebook: @UDistrictFoodBank Instagram: @udistrictfoodbank as we continue to post updates.

Through this pandemic, we want to remain an important resource for our community. We hope these service changes can help us sustain our operations for you. Thank you.