Chris our Food Rescue Specialist

 

Providing Food to Families in Need

In 2016:

  • Households visited the West Seattle Food Bank over 43,000 times.
  • We distributed almost 1.5 million pounds of food and spent $260,000 on purchased food.
  • 8,400 individuals at risk of hunger counted on the WSFB at some time during the year,  including 3,200 children and 1,200 seniors.
  • We delivered food weekly to the homes of elderly and disabled individuals not able to come to the food bank as well as the West Seattle Senior Center for their distribution through our Home Delivery and Mobile Food Bank Programs. 
  • We distributed 12,000 pounds of pet food and accessories to clients to take care of their furry friends.
  • 455 volunteers donated 22,000 hours of service to the food bank

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

  • $250,000 worth of baby food, formula, diapers, car seats, strollers, furniture, toys, clothing and other accessories is distributed to parents of infants and toddlers through our Baby and Child Corner.
  • A Backpack Program that partners with 13 local West Seattle schools provides 416 school children six healthy, kid friendly meals weekly for the weekend.
  • A Bookcase Program provides the children and adults we serve with 14,000 free books to encourage healthy reading habits.
  • Our Community Connections Program helps the families we serve access additional information and services from dozens of partner organizations.

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 32% of the food we distributed to families in need.
  • Local retail grocery stores provided 47% of the food we secured.
  • To ensure a healthy balance of food and provide additional basic needs, WSFB purchased 16% of the food and supplies we distributed.
  • Individuals and organizations provide 5% through food drives and individual donations.
  • To get information on how you can make donations, visit our “Help End Hunger” page.