West Seattle Food Bank Programs
The West Seattle Food Bank (WSFB) provides food and other supplies to low-income residents of the West Seattle community. WSFB also delivers food to approximately 150 homebound elderly and disabled each week, and distributes at the local senior center. In addition to food, the agency distributes baby supplies, pet food, hygiene and household supplies and has a book exchange and provides resource information for other services in the area. 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. WSFB collaborates with another agency to provide other baby items such as clothes, car seats, and toys. In addition, the agency collaborates with many other agencies to provide outreach and services on site.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
In 2012 WSFB provided food to families in need 39,000 times. This is a 7% increase in the past year and a 50% increase in the past three years. Also in 2012 the WSFB distributed over 1.3 million pounds of food and spent $180,000 on food purchases to help those in our community. In addition we have increased the quantity of baby items and pet food distributed.
Community support has allowed us to meet the increasing demand for our services. Financial donations not only help with general operating costs and food purchases, we have also increased the quality of food by purchasing more meat, dairy and produce in addition to dry and canned products.