Charlie in Van

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Charlie our Food Rescue Specialist          New Food Rescue Van

 

Providing Food to Families in Need

In 2013:

  • Households visited the West Seattle Food Bank over 38,000 times.
  • We distributed over 1.38 million pounds of food.
  • 9,234 individuals at risk of hunger counted on the WSFB at some time during the year,  including 3400 children and 1,238 seniors.
  • We delivered bags of food to homebound elderly and disabled individuals 8,840 times during the year, 170 each week.
  • We offered off-site distribution in collaboration with the West Seattle Senior Center and at the Skate Church in West Seattle.
  • Over 266 volunteers offered 14,579 hours of service.
  • We use a “Shopping Method” so that clients can choose the food that best suits their family during our distributions every week.

To help families and children we offer a variety of food programs and services:

  • Baby food, formula, diapers and other infant supplies
  • A Baby and Child Corner, in partnership with  WestSide Baby, where families can order supplies like clothes, furniture, car seats, strollers  and more
  • A Backpack Program that partners with 6 local West Seattle schools to provide 6 healthy meals for approximately 100 in need school children over the weekend
  • Monthly Toddler Bags for children under 5 that includes things like whole grain cereal, low fat protein, canned fruits, vegetables and fruit juice
  • A Bookcase with books for children and adults that clients can take home
  • Collaborations with many organizations to bring information and services to our clients while they are here to receive food.

Securing Food

The West Seattle Food Bank has many partners assisting to secure food that will meet the special dietary needs and cultural preferences of the diverse population we serve.

  • Food Lifeline and Northwest Harvest, both distribution centers that supply food to community agencies like the West Seattle Food Bank,  provided 30% of the food we distributed to families in need.
  • Local retail stores provided 52% of the food we secured.
  • To ensure a healthy balance of food and provide additional basic needs, WSFB purchased 12% of the food and supplies we distributed.
  • Individuals and organizations provide 6% through food drives and individual donations.
  • To get information on how you can make donations, visit our “Help End Hunger” page.