The Rainier Valley Food Bank (RVFB) provides food assistance to low-income residents in southeast Seattle, with a focus on seniors, families, individuals with disabilities and the homeless. No one is turned away who meets the food bank's broad criteria for assistance. We have a commitment to honor our guests by offering an abundance of healthy, nutritious food.
Our food bank is wheelchair accessible, and assists families with babies by offering baby food, formula and diapers as available. RVFB is open on Saturdays to serve working families, and is located on two major bus lines serving the southeast Seattle area: the 7 & the 9.
Demand continues to rise:
We are a small facility with a big responsibility. In our tiny building - thanks to the donations of time, food and money from community members - we provide groceries for over 18,000 people every month.
We are the only food bank in the heart of Rainier Valley between the Central District and Skyway.
Rising grocery, healthcare and fuel costs have significantly increased the need in our community. In 2014, we saw a staggering 35% increase in demand, serving 25% of Seattle's hungry infants and children.
RVFB is a grassroots, community effort:
With only three employees and two Americorps VISTA members, our food bank could not operate without a cadre of committed, long-term community volunteers who contribute over 1,500 hours of service every month.
An invigorated board representing top corporations and the Columbia City community leads RVFB with a focus on fundraising, community awareness and management of the organization to better serve our clients and meet the increasing demand.
Private donations from community members account for over half of our funding. In a still-sluggish economy, RVFB needs the support of the community more than ever. Please consider taking a moment to help your neighbors and our food bank today.