Providing Food to Families in Need
In the fiscal year from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012:
- Households visited the West Seattle Food Bank 37,493 times.
- We distributed 1,193,224 pounds of food and other supplies.
- 8,682 individuals at risk of hunger counted on the WSFB at some time during the year, and 3402 of them were children.
- We delivered bags of food to elderly and disabled individuals 7,800 times during the year, 150 each week.
- We offered off-site distribution in collaboration with the West Seattle Senior Center and at the Skate Church in West Seattle.
- 24% of our services assisted seniors and senior visits were up 33% during the year.
- Over 200 volunteers offered 9,368 hours of service.
- We use a “Shopping Method” so that clients can choose the food that best suits their family.
To help families and children we offer a variety of food and services:
- Baby food, formula, diapers and other infant supplies
- A Baby Corner, in partnership with WestSide Baby , where families can order supplies like clothes, furniture, car seats and more
- Monthly toddler bags for kids under 5 that includes things like whole grain cereal, low fat protein, canned fruits and vegetables and fruit juice
- A Book Exchange with books for children and adults.
- Collaborations with many organizations to bring information and services to our clients while they are here to receive 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 stores provided 43% of the food we secured.
- To ensure a healthy balance of food and provide additional basic needs, WSFB purchased 19% of the food and supplies we distributed.
- Individuals and organizations provided the rest through food drives and individual donations.
- To get information on how you can make donations visit our “Help End Hunger/Donate Food” page.