About Us

West Seattle Food Bank History

A group of concerned individuals started the Food Bank in 1983, to make sure that neighbors in need did not go hungry. Back then we were Junction Community Food Bank (JCFB) and distributed food from the old Jefferson School. In 1989 we leased a site at Genesee and Fauntleroy and settled in for 18 years.

When the West Seattle Food Bank, in the High Point neighborhood closed in 1998 due to financial troubles, we started serving their area and in 1999, changed our name to the West Seattle Food Bank.

We were now serving thousands of people a year out of our small leased Genesee site, the dream was to have a permanent home.

With an unexpected large bequest from the estate of Earl Vic we teamed up with the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) and, in 2002, launched the Three Projects/One Community capital campaign and raised funds to build the West Seattle Community Resource Center, Croft Place Town-homes and the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.  We started distribution at our current location at 35th & Morgan in May 2007.

Hunger Immortal: The First Thirty Years of the West Seattle Food Bank, 1983-2013

Hunger Immortal is no ordinary story. It’s filled with intrigue and sadness, great dedication and mounds of lucky breaks, told for the first time by board member, Ron Marshall.

Hunger Immortal coverAll proceeds from the sale of this book will go to support the mission of the West Seattle Food Bank. You can find the e-book of Hunger Immortal at amazon.com.

West Seattle Helpline History

The West Seattle Helpline was founded in 1989 by a caring group of neighbors with the shared belief that community members should help each other during difficult times. From the organization’s beginning, many churches, businesses, community members, and clubs like Kiwanis and Rotary have been involved.

In 1995, the West Seattle Helpline opened its free clothing store, the Clothesline, which is the only one of its kind in West Seattle. The Clothesline provides basic attire, professional wear, and school clothing for our neighbors and their families.

For 30 years the West Seattle Helpline has been offering assistance and referrals to our neighbors struggling to meet basic needs such as housing, utilities, and clothing.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

OUR MISSION:  West Seattle Food Bank strengthens the community through the power of neighbors helping neighbors, working to ensure all in our community have access to the essential necessities of living.

OUR VISION:  We envision a strong and connected community in which all people have access to safe and nutritious food and the essential necessities of living.

OUR VALUES:

Compassion & Respect – recognizing the inherent dignity of each client 

Diversity & Multiculturalism – understanding the diverse individual and cultural needs in our community

Collaboration & Cooperation – engaging and involving a network of community members 

Education & Prevention – striving to understand, eliminate and prevent the root causes of hunger 

Stewardship & Sustainability – being responsible stewards of our resources.