Get free food, groceries, meals and other forms of assistance from non-profits or charities in Seattle and King County Washington. There are dozens of soup kitchens, food banks and pantries. The centers are located throughout the region and offer a variety of resources and services to the needy in the community.
In addition to offering basic needs such as free food, groceries, commodities, and other nutritional aids, a number of additional assistance programs are also provided. For example some centers provide clothing, diapers, and even furniture. A limited number of locations in Seattle and King County can also offer direct financial assistance to pay bills, rent, and other emergency expenses. Or the case managers at a pantry may provide referrals for those resources.
As indicated, a food pantry or center is also a great place to call or stop by for information and referrals to local charities, non-profits, and learn about both state of Washington and federal government assistance. The sites and the staff that work at each center are committed to assisting the less fortunate. Many food banks can also help people apply for government assistance such as TANF, SNAP food stamps, welfare, or other aid.
Asian Counseling & Referral Food Bank
Address - 919 South King Street
Seattle, Washington 98104
Phone number: (206) 292-5714
This food banks serves all Pacific Islanders/Asians of Seattle and also the general public.
Ballard Food Bank
Facility address: 5130 Leary Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Phone number: (206) 789-7800
Center hours - Tuesday: 2:30 – 6:30 p.m., Wed: 11:00 – 3:00 p.m., Thursday: 11:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Area covered - Serves all of zip codes 98107 and 98117; most of 98199 (from Shilshole up to 100th NW, over to 15th, down to 85th to 8th NW, down to 65th, over to 3rd NW and down to the water); all of Magnolia Third Wednesday & Thursday of every month 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Services provided by this food bank include children’s clothing and a professional closet for work attire. There are also free hygiene items, Baby Cupboard, and Emergency food available.
Beacon Avenue Food Bank
United Church of Christ
6230 Beacon Avenue South
Seattle, Washington 98108
Dial for help - (206) 722-5105
Hours Wednesday/Friday 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
No commodities are provided.
Location: 5050 Eighth N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: (206) 930-6005
Limited hours only, on Friday 10:30 a.m. – Noon
CAMP Food Bank
722 18th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: (206) 812-4956
Hours - Wednesday Noon – 4:00 p.m., Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
This King County food banks offers a Baby Cupboard as well as emergency bags of groceries. All of this and more is available.
Cherry Street Food Bank/Northwest Harvest
11 Cherry Street
Seattle, Washington 98104
Phone number: (206) 625-0755
Food bank hours - Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Thursday (baby food & formula) 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Some of the support provided includes free bags of groceries and formula from a Baby Cupboard, but no commodities are offered. There may also be referrals to Christmas and Thanksgiving meal programs in King County.
Chicken Soup Brigade - Lifelong AIDS Alliance
Food pantry/bank address - 1002 East Seneca
Seattle, WA 98122
Telephone number: (206) 957-1662
Hot meals are served to the low income in King County as well as the homeless. A Meals on Wheels service is also available for low income senior citizens and the disabled.
City of Seattle Human Services Department Emergency Food Programs
Seattle, WA 98124-4215
They work with and support local food banks and centers in Seattle and King County, so they may be a resource for you. The government organization is also a great place to contact for public aid, such as food stamps as well as the USDA Commodity Supplemental Program.
Downtown Food Bank
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: (206) 626-6462
A free soup kitchen is on site. Holiday meals, cleaning supplies and other items are passed out to families living in poverty.
El Centro de la Raza
2524 16th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144
Phone number: (206) 329-7960
Food pantry/bank operating hours - Thursday 10:30 a.m. – Noon Seniors 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Families, Friday 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Some of the zip codes covered include 98108, 98144, 98144 and partially 98108.
Programs administered include - Baby Cupboard, food deliveries to seniors/homebound, and the center also runs a Multi-service center offering housing, job assistance & other services, including financial aid.
Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle and King County
Address - 7100 42nd Seattle, WA 98118 Avenue South
Phone: (206) 329-0300
Or feel free to call (206) 329-0300 for referral to a nearby charity or not for profit agency. Serves all of King County. The center can even offer referrals to 130 food banks and other distribution sites in Seattle and King County Washington.
FamilyWorks Food Bank
1501 N. 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
Phone: (206) 694-6723
A limited area is served. Call (206) 694-6723 for boundaries of the food bank. Programs run on site include WIC on site Thursdays, Baby Cupboard, Computer assistance, and Employment counseling.
Immanuel Community Services
Seattle, Washington 98109
Phone: (206) 622-1930 (church)
All families are welcome across King County. There are no area or zip code limits.
Jewish Family Service
Main office address - 1601 16th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: (206) 461-3240 ext. 3174
Lake City Food Bank
12736 33rd Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98165
Some of the phone numbers include Helpline: (206) 365-8043 as well as Food Bank: (206) 367-3477.
Call them to get Emergency food. This is generally given out on Tuesday, Wed., and Thurs. 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.. Or call for information and referral to other charities and social service agencies on Saturdays. Other resources include emergency funds to prevent evictions and utility shut-offs, Bus Tickets, Home Delivery for homebound individuals, and access to RotaCare Free Medical Clinic.
Paradise of Praise Food Bank
1316 SW Holden Street
Seattle, WA 98106
Phone: (206) 768-2745
At most one visit per week for groceries, food, and meals.
Phinney Ridge Food Bank
7500 Greenwood Avenue N.
Seattle, WA 98103
Phone number: (206) 784-7964
Can use the center up to once every two weeks. Baby food and infant supplies also passed out.
Adra P. Berry
Location is 31104 SE 86th St
Preston, Washington 98050
Phone number is (425) 222-5573
Free, emergency canned and perishable food may be provided. There are also vouchers, hot meals, and applications to the SNAP program.
17110 140th Ave NE
Woodinville, Washington 98072
Call (425) 483-5252
Bethany Community Church
8023 Green Lake Dr N
Seattle, WA, 98103
Call (206) 524-9000
A weekly food pantry is open. Clients range from veterans to the unemployed and working poor in Seattle.
Providence Regina House
Food bank address - Seattle, Washington 98108 Avenue South #6
Phone: (206) 763-9204
Get assistance with clothing bank, Baby Cupboard, toddler bags, TEFAP, and Holiday Adopt-a-Family Program.
Puget Sound Labor Agency AFL-CIO Community Food Bank
Address - 2800 First Avenue, Room 122-130
Seattle, WA 98121
Telephone: (206) 448-9277
Hours of the food bank - Monday & Friday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Zip codes covered - 98101, 98104, 98109, 98111, 98119, 98121, 98134, 98199.
Rainier Valley Food Bank
4205 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98118
Phone: (206) 723-4105
Hours of food bank - Wednesday 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Arress - 1101 Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: (206) 447-9944
Hours of operation of food pantry - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. & 1:00 - 3:30 p.m., Thursday 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. & 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Assistance provided is food, and also access a baby cupboard. There is a limit of three emergency food bags or visits per household per year. Special holiday meals are served too, such as free Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas food baskets and toys for children.
Another location of the Salvation Army is the White Center
9050 – 16th Avenue SW, 98106
Seattle, WA 98146
Phone: (206) 767-3150 x 102
They may help single moms in King County using the WIC - Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children and offer diapers, formula, and more.
Seattle Indian Center
611 12th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144
Phone: (206) 329-8700
Hours of food bank - Tuesday & Thursday, 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Spiritual Miracles Food Bank
12600 Renton Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98178
Telephone number: (206) 380-6237
Food bank hours - Monday 5:15 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday 5:15. – 8:00 p.m., Saturday 3:00 p.m.
St. Vincent de Paul Food and Clothing Bank
5972 Fourth Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98108
Telephone: (206) 767-7888
Clothing and food bank hours - Tuesday & Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Access the following - Baby Cupboard, household items, and Clothing Bank. The charity also have free baby formula, diapers, and meals for babies and infants. This may be available along with other social services for the King County Washington region.
The Food Bank @ St. Mary’s - Walk-in Food Bank
Center address - 611 – 20th Seattle, WA 98144 Avenue South
Telephone: (206) 324-7100 x21
The food bank can help anyone in Seattle city limits.
Walk-in food bank available to all Seattle residents
Resources passed out include Hygiene products. During the last full week of month there may also be a Baby Cupboard available. The non-profit also passes out baby formula and other support is offered for newborns and pregnant mothers.
The Food Bank @ St. Mary’s Home Delivery Service
Address - 611 – 20th
Seattle, WA 98144 Avenue South
Phone: (206) 324-7100 x21
Food and commodities are offered for home delivery.
University District Food Bank
Pantry address - 1413 N.E. 50
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: (206) 523-7060
Food bank hours - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Volunteers of America Greenwood
9041 Greenwood Ave. North
Seattle, WA 98103
Phone: (206) 782-6731
In addition to free food, access home deliveries for disabled as well as Toddler bags.
West Seattle Food Bank
3419 SW Morgan Street
Seattle, WA 98126
Call for help - (206) 932-9023
Hours of center - Tuesday 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Wednesday 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. or Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Fruits, cereal, holiday food baskets, and perishable goods are passed out to the needy.
Algona/Pacific Food Pantry
Address - 603 Third Avenue SE
Pacific, WA 98047
Phone: (253) 351-0450
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Assistance provided is Well Child Clinic as well as Toys at Christmas.
The Auburn Food Bank
Auburn, Washington 98002 Place N.E.
Phone number of center: (253) 833-8925
Hours - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Second Wednesday 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Second Saturday - Senior Deliveries
Black Diamond Community - Center
Free food bank address - 31605 Third Avenue
Black Diamond, Washington 98010
Phone: (360) 886-1011
The center is open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Residents from Maple Valley-Black Diamond and Enumclaw Residents can get help from the pantry, and also apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
Des Moines Area Food Bank is run by the Methodist Church
Address: 22225 Ninth Avenue South
Des Moines, WA 98198-0788
Phone:: (206) 878-2660
Food bank hours - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 – 11:45 a.m., 3rd Tuesday 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 9:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Coverage area is Sea-Tac, Ukwila, King County, Des Moines, and West Hill of Kent.
Edmonds Food Bank operates at the Edmonds Methodist Church
Address 828 Caspers Street
Edmonds, WA 98020
Phone: (425) 778-5833 Mon – Tuesday
(425) 778-2119 Wed – Friday
Emergency Feeding Program-Eastside/Bellevue
Bellevue, WA 98007 Avenue SE
Seattle, WA 98118
Phone: (425) 653-1652
All of Eastside area of Seattle is covered, and also even get referrals to Eastside distribution sites for people without food and who need other assistance. Rice, meats, dairy products, and canned goods are passed out.
Enumclaw Kiwanis Food Bank
1350 Cole Street
Enumclaw, Washington 98022
Telephone: (360) 825-6188
Food bank hours - Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, 9:00 – 11:45 a.m. Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 9:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Family Assistance Program of Seattle and King County
Address - 1501 N. 45th, Seattle WA 98103 Street
Phone number - (206) 694-6742
The government agency provides referral, advice and representation for DSHS benefits cases including denials, terminations, reductions and overpayments. The DSHS benefit assistance programs and resources include Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), food stamps, and Disability Lifeline. The government agency provides education and outreach to clients as well as the low income at food banks, shelters, and other programs.
Federal Way Food Bank/Multi-Service Center
1200 S. 336th
Federal Way, Washington 98003 Street
Phone: (253) 838-6810 (center)
South King County residents can get free food and possible energy bill assistance.
Food Lifeline of 1702 N.E. 150th, Shoreline, WA 98155. Phone (206) 545-6600 Ext. 237
The program works with dozens of local food banks and pantries across King County Washington, including commodity and other government food programs. The non-profit is also a member of America’s Second Harvest national food bank network.
Highline Area Food Bank
Address - 18300 4th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98148
Phone: (206) 433-9900
Hours - Tuesday 12:30 - 2:30 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. - Noon, Tuesday 12:30 - 2:30 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Boxes of groceries with soup, fruits, and canned goods may be offered.
14812 Main Street
Bellevue, WA 98007
Phone: (425) 943-7555
The food bank covers Bellevue, Newcastle, Mercer Island Washington. Commodities distribution once a month. Call for date and time. Access programs for financial help for bills and rent, information & referral, as well as Family Development/Case Management Program. Groceries, applications for WIC and food stamps, and more is available to King County families from the on site pantry.
302 First Street
Kirkland, WA 98003
Phone number of the center: (425) 889-7880
Hopelink Northshore Pantry
18220 96th N.E.
Bothell, WA 98011
Phone: (425) 485-6521
Resources - Energy bill, rent help, emergency housing & financial assistance also available. Also a Clothing Bank is run on site.
Redmond Food Bank, part of Hopelink
16225 N.E. 87th Street
Redmond, WA 98073-3577
Phone: (425) 882-0241
In addition to food and groceries, get access to LIHEAP energy bill assistance, emergency shelter, clothing, referrals, and emergency financial assistance. Must live in Redmond. Other services include a transportation program, and also transitional housing and shelter.
Shoreline Emergency Service Center
15809 Westminster Way North
Shoreline, WA 98133
Phone number of the emergency center: (206) 440-7300
During regular food bank for all clients
Assistance programs offered include heating and energy assistance; financial assistance; Family Development; Adult Education.
31957 E. Commercial St.
Carnation, WA 98014
Phone: (425) 333-4163
Hours open for Emergency Services include Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Food Bank is open Thursday Noon - 1:30 p.m. as well as the Evening Food Bank Second & Fourth Wednesday 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.
Hot meals are also provided on an as needed basis. Interested individuals need to call to make an appointment. Specifically, the services offered are energy bill assistance, emergency housing, Clothing bank, rental assistance, and they also run a employment (job line). Senior citizens can get a meal or food delivered to their home, often in partnership with local charities.
St. James Episcopal Church
Addressof the pantry and thrift store is 24447 94th Ave S
Kent, WA, 98030
Phone - (253) 852-4100
Queen Anne @ Sacred Heart Parish
Location is 232 Warren Ave N Suite B
Seattle, Washington 98109
For hours, call (206) 216-4102
The non-profit helps people in Lower Queen Anne and Downtown Seattle. They also have information on Summer meals for children and other services at the pantry.
Plateau Outreach Ministries Food Bank and Clothing Center
1806 Cole St, Enumclaw, Washington 98022
Phone number is (360) 825-8961
1531 Western Ave 5th Floor of Parking Ramp
Seattle, WA 98101
For intake, dial (206) 626-6462
Seniors can apply for Meals on Wheels. There is also free baby formula, diapers, household goods, and delivery to the disabled. Volunteers partner with stores such as Wal-Mart and target to feed tje low income.
St. Thomas Catholic Church - Outreach
Address - 4415 S 140th St
Tukwila, WA, 98168
Bread, holiday meals (Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas) and other support is arranged. There is both a free food pantry and soup kitchen.
Issaquah Food Bank
179 First Avenue S.E.
Issaquah, WA 98027
Phone: (425) 392-4123
In addition to free food and groceries, a Clothing bank serves Issaquah, Carnation, Fall areas of Washington state.
Kent Food Bank and Emergency Services
Center and food bank location = 515 West Harrison Street, Suite 107
Kent, Washington 98032
Phone: (253) 520-3550
Clothing Bank Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00 a.m. – 1: 30 p.m.
In addition, a limited amount of emergency financial assistance may be available for paying rent, bills, or health care. Seniors and children may receive a snack or hot meal. Surplus government commodities may be available to meet nutritional needs.
Kent Food Bank Annex @ Springwood
Bldg. #11 Avenue S.E.
Kent, WA 98031
Lynnwood Church of the Nazarene
Church address - 5326 176th St. S.W.
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Phone: (425) 745-1635
Services Lynnwood residents, so does not cover all of King County. For those families and persons who live out of the area are served and referred to a closer food bank or pantry.
Maple Valley Food Bank
21415 Maple Valley Highway
Maple Valley, Washington 98038
Phone: (425) 432-8139
Food bank hours - Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 10:30 am - 1:00 pm and the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Clients need to come from Black Diamond, Hobart, Maple Valley, Covington, Ravensdale, or the Tahoma School District.
Mount Si Helping Hand Food & Clothing Bank
Location is North Bend Community Church, and address 116 East 3rd
North Bend, WA 98045 Street
Phone: (425) 888-0096
In addition to food, get help from a clothing bank.
Mountlake Terrace Food Bank
Terrace View Presb. Church
4700 228th S.W.
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
Facility phone number: (425) 778-7227
Food, clothing, and a support center for financial assistance is offered.
Muckleshoot Food Bank
North of Muckleshoot Tribal School
39015 – 172nd
Auburn, WA 98092 Avenue S.E.
Phone: (253) 833-8541
Emergency services i.e., rental assistance, utility bill assistance, bus tokens, and free food and Clothing Bank.
North Helpline, (206) 365-8043, can assists local families and individuals who are in financial difficulties The non-profit North Helpline offers advice, information and referrals to appropriate charities, resources, emergency food, money and grants to to prevent evictions and utility shut offs, client advocacy, and other emergency assistance.
Northwest Harvest of 711 Cherry Street Seattle, Washington 98102, and has a phone number of (206) 625-0755.
The non-profit distributes free food to pantries and emergency food programs throughout Washington state.
Renewal Food Bank
World Impact Network
PMB #53 Street
Food Bank Address is 2015 Richards Road in Bellevue, WA 98005
Assistance is limited to one visit per week.
The Renton Salvation Army
Main local Office: 720 South Tobin
Renton, WA 98057
The Food Bank is offered at : 221 Morris St.
Dial to learn more (425) 255-5969
Hours of center are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Zip codes covered include Renton/Fairwood: 98055, 98056, 98057, 98058, 98059
Assistance offered includes rent assistance and food offered includes 4-month voucher issued to all clients. Most of the support is for those income qualified individuals who have used food bank 6 months or longer. In addition, bus tickets and emergency housing assistance is offered.
Seattle Milk Fund
Address - 1130 North Northgate Way
Seattle, Washington 98133
Phone number - (206) 526-7944
M-Th: 9:00 a.m.-Noon and 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., Summer: M-W: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The center provides Safeway food vouchers and certificates as well as Payless shoe vouchers for children in Seattle. Potential clients of the program need to be referred by social service agency or Family Support Worker in schools. They also are currently providing child care grants for low-income and full-time college students.
Solid Ground / Food Resources
1501 North 45th
Seattle, WA 98103 Street
Dial (206) 694-6756
The center provides referrals and information on local food banks and meal programs, assistance with Washington State funding paperwork, staffing to Seattle Food Committee, and works with numerous food pantries. Some of what may be available includes rice, breads, meats, and school lunches.
South King County Mult-Service Center
The location is 1200 South 336th, Federal Way, Washington 98003, dial (253) 838-6810
This center provides emergency free food and other social services to the low income.
Tukwila Pantry At the Riverton Park United is located in the Methodist Church
Address - 3118 South 140
Dial for assistance - (206) 431-8293
Hours - Monday & Wednesday 1:00. – 4:00 p.m. and a Meal Program is offered Tuesday’s 6:00 – 7 p.m.
Areas served are Tukwila, Sea-Tac, Burien and Boulevard Park areas of Washington and King County.
Vashon/Maury Community Food Bank
Address is 10030 SW 210th St. #4, Vashon, WA 98070, and it is located next to Health Clinic.
Phone: (206) 463-6332
White Center Food Bank
9700 Eighth Avenue SW
Seattle, Washington 98106
Phone number is: (206) 762-2848
WIC (Woman, Infant, and children's Supplemental Food Program), dial (206) 296-4786
This government funded program provides vouchers to qualified low income to help them purchase nutritious foods for pregnant/breast feeding women, young children, and infants, up to age five.
A number of other pantries and food assistance programs operate in the greater King County region. Resources range from fresh produce, WIC - Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, to Senior Brown Bags and more. Call 1-877-404-7543 for information and locations of distribution centers.
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