Rainier Valley Food Bank
What We Do:
Rainier Valley Food Banks' (RVFB) mission to nourish with good food, empower with knowledge, and serve with compassion. 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 Wednesdays and Saturdays, 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 22,000 people every month.
- We are the only food bank in the heart of Rainier Valley between the Central District and Skyway.
- In 2016, RVFB provided groceries to 16, 577 people 250,612 times through 67,343 food bank visits & deliveries. In total, we distributed 1,344,556 pounds of food, providing 1,034,274 meals.
RVFB is a grassroots, community effort:
- With only three employees and three Americorps 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.