The West Seattle Food works to eliminate the root causes of hunger by partnering with a range of community members and organizations. In addition to providing quality food, other agencies provide services and information to clients onsite, improving access to the Basic Food Program, local health clinics, other basic social services, employment opportunities and more.
Accessibility and Cultural Competency
The agency serves a very diverse population and approximately 36% of the individuals served are children 18 and younger and 16% are seniors 55 years of age or older. The Food Bank also has a baby corner with baby food, formula, diapers and other basics. Food Bank volunteers represent a variety of cultural and language backgrounds, and interpreters are hired as needed for focus groups aimed at gathering organizational feedback.
WSFB partners with Westside Baby to provide baby items such as clothes, car seats, and toys. In addition, the agency collaborates with many other agencies, such as Within Reach, to provide outreach and services on site. WSFB staff serve on the Highpoint Providers committee, and houses the offices of West Seattle Helpline and a Wellspring Family Services satellite office. There is a Delridge Neighborhood Development Association (DNDA) housing development onsite as well.
WSFB has come a long way from being known by staff as the “snack bank”, serving mostly processed, salty and sweet foods, to focusing heavily on fresh and nutritious foods. Staff hold to the value that fresh produce is an equalizer, and meets both dietary and cultural needs. WSFB works with the Farmer’s Market Alliance and P-Patch programs to offer clients vouchers the West Seattle Farmer’s Market as well as the Highpoint Market Farm Stand.
Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:
Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:
$10,000.00||provide general operating support.|
$10,000.00||support general operating expenses. |
$25,000.00||support general operating expenses. |