Rainier Valley Food Bank Programs
Rainier Valley Food Bank is open for distribution on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM both days. Groceries are delivered directly to over 160 severely disabled, stay-at-home seniors in southeast Seattle every week. We also offer "To-Go Bags" 5 days a week, which contain ready-to-eat-foods for persons without access to a kitchen. Great care is taken in each program to provide the highest possible quality of food and nutrition, quantities appropriate to household size and ethnically appropriate foods. Special dietary needs such as vegetarian, low-sugar and low-sodium are addressed as required.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
In 2015, Rainier Valley Food Bank (RVFB) was highlighted by the Seattle Times as an organization applying innovative practices to meet the growing need for emergency food services in Seattle. In 2014 wait times were reduced by half, while service levels grew by 32%. RVFB is now serving four times the number of guests per month than in 2009 at the height of the recession, all the while continuing to provide healthy and quality food. A vast and tireless network of volunteers contributed over 16,000 hours of community service to help meet this growing demand in 2014. RVFB serves 25% all families in Seattle with infants and toddlers in need of food assistance by distributing baby food, formula and over 120,000 diapers annually.