TAKING CARE OF OUR COMMUNITY!
It is our priority to keep our community healthy while continuing to ensure all our neighbors have access to food, emergency financial assistance, diapers, and other basic needs.
In light of the news regarding COVID-19, we are taking measures to keep our spaces safe for clients and volunteers. At this time, the Food Bank will remain open, however, how we provide our services has been in transition as we adapt to changing circumstances.Here’s how we are moving forward with our services:
- We are continually cleaning surfaces and carts and encouraging social distancing while at the food bank.
- The Clothesline will be closed until further notice.
- We continue to process requests for financial assistance for eviction notices and utility shut off notices.
- We will communicate with community partners to determine how to best ensure our students stay fed during school closures.
- We will continue to provide Home Delivery services to those on our list and add deliveries as able for individuals unable to get to the food bank due to illness.
- People at higher risk for COVID-19 infection and anyone in poor health are encouraged to stay home.
Here’s how you can help:
- Financial assistance allows us the flexibility of using funds for specific needs that arise from this situation. If interested in providing financial assistance, please donate here.
- This is a very fluid situation. As we identify additional ways this community can assist, we will keep you posted.
Thank you for your willingness to support your West Seattle community, especially in times of uncertainty. We are grateful to have such caring and dedicated neighbors.
As of March 1st, the West Seattle Food Bank and
West Seattle Helpline’s merge into one stronger organization was completed. We are excited to combine forces and, with neighbors like you, improve and expand our services in this community. Joined together as one organization, our comprehensive services include:
- Food Bank services, including our Shopping Model Food Bank, the Mobile Food Bank, and Home Delivery Service. The Shopping Model Food Bank is our primary location that offers food, pet food, and other items to families in need. For those who have difficulty getting to the Food Bank, we offer a Mobile Food Bank service that distributes food to four apartment buildings and the Senior Center in West Seattle. Finally, we also offer the Home Delivery Service, which delivers groceries to those with limited mobility.
- Helpline services, which provide emergency financial assistance to prevent homelessness, imminent evictions, and utility shut-offs. We also provide free bus tickets to those who financially qualify. These trips ensure clients’ transportation to school, work, the food bank, medical appointments, and more.
- The Clothesline, our free clothing bank, where clients can shop for basic attire, professional wear, school clothing, and more.
- The Taking Care of Children initiatives,
including the Backpack Program and the Baby & Child Corner programs.The Backpack Program partners with local schools to provide six kid friendly meals each week to students at risk of hunger. The Baby & Child Corner provides families essential items, like diapers and formula, for
their infant or toddler.
- Community Connections, which links community members with vital services such as emergency rent support, employment, healthcare, language services, and more. In addition, the Bookcase Program allows clients to take home up to 10 books each visit.
All the needed programs that both agencies provided in the past will continue as we move to serve this community in a more efficient and effective manner. Together we can prevent hunger and homelessness in West Seattle through the power of neighbors helping neighbors.
Providing Food & Services to Families in Need.
There are over 10,000 individuals in West Seattle that live below the federal poverty level. The cost of living in Seattle is 49% higher than the national average which means many of our working families are seriously struggling to make ends meet.
2019 Fiscal Year Statistics
- We distributed over 1.97 million pounds of food and spent $374,570 on purchased food.
- 12,700 individuals, including 4,532 children and 1,698 seniors, in need of food and services counted on the WSFB at some time during the year with an average of 1,334 families weekly.
- We delivered food weekly to the homes of approximately 250 elderly and disabled individuals not able to make it to the food bank through our Mobile Food Bank Services.
- Our Helpline Services provided $157,972 in rent, utility, move-in and homeless prevention assistance.
- Our Backpack Program provided 455 school children at risk of hunger over the weekend with 13,500 packs of six kid-friendly meals weekly through 13 West Seattle schools.
- Our Pet Pantry distributed 25,000 pounds of pet food and accessories to clients to take care of their furry friends.
- $203,000 worth of baby food, formula, diapers, car seats, strollers, furniture, toys, clothing and other accessories were distributed to parents of infants and toddlers through our Baby and Child Corner.
- Our Clothesline distributed $131,737 worth of gently used and new clothing to 1,662 individuals.
- Our Community Services, including our Hotline, helped the families we serve access additional no-cost resources like food assistance and healthcare.
- Our Bookcase provided 10,969 books to the children and adults we serve to encourage healthy reading habits.
- 646 volunteers donated 28,145 hours of service through our Volunteer Program. This is equivalent to 13.5 full time employees!