Walk-In is available every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m for people who need healthy foods and other non-grocery essential items.
Regularly stocked items include:
Canned and other nonperishable goods
Household and personal care items such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine products, toilet paper (when available)
We accommodate vegetarian and cultural needs whenever possible.
Due to limited resources and availability, we are unable to guarantee specific items will be in stock on any given day.
Individuals aged 18 or older should bring a photo ID, or current utility bill, medical bill or other piece of official mail showing they live in Seattle city limits. Customers are asked to stand in line outside, wait patiently until their turn to shop, and bring bags for groceries.
Home Delivery serves those who are low-income and unable to use our Walk-In Program and are home bound due to age, illness, injury, or disability. Every Thursday and Friday, volunteer drivers pick up and deliver groceries directly to about 200 people within a two-mile radius of the food bank. We consider dietary restrictions and special needs when preparing home delivery grocery bags.
To be eligible for home delivery, an individual should be 18 years old or older, and live near The Food Bank @ St. Mary’s. Interested customers must return a completed application. Once the application is received, a staff member and social worker will determine eligibility.
Bags containing formula, baby food, baby wipes and diapers and household items needed by young families are distributed through our Baby Corner.
Families with children 0-6 months will receive diapers, formula, and wipes. Families with children 6 months to 2 years will receive diapers and as many jars of baby food as desired, depending on availability. Due to limited supplies, some diaper sizes might be out of stock.
We distribute Baby Corner bags the first full week of each month: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Customers are asked to remain in line until a Baby Corner volunteer is available to assist.
Eligible customers with children aged 2 years or younger must live in Seattle. Individuals should provide photo identification, or current utility bill, medical bill (or other piece of official mail) showing they live within Seattle city limits, as well as birth certificate(s) and/or medical coupon(s) for the child or children.
No-Cook Bags are reserved for unhoused individuals or those without access to cooking facilities. Perishable items such as sandwiches, salads, vegetables, and fruit are added when in stock. In cold weather months, socks, hats, gloves and even sleeping bags are included when available.
No-Cook Bags are offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Interested individuals are asked to wait in line; a volunteer will serve customers one at a time.
Mobile Food Bank
Established in 2014, our Mobile Food Bank distributes nutritious, culturally appropriate food to communities unable to visit the food bank in person, mostly in Central, South, and Southeast Seattle. Currently, the Mobile Food Bank offers available food to the Filipino Community Center, ReWA (Refugee Women’s Alliance), St. Francis House, and the Compass Center. The food we supply is culturally appropriate (based on availability) and in bulk for easy distribution.
In partnership with several other non-profit agencies – AARP’s Senior Community Service Employment Program, the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County and TRAC Associates (Training, Rehabilitation, Assessment, Consulting) – program participants work alongside the food bank staff and volunteers to provide food and resources to the community. Food bank staff train and manage adults in need of occupational skills and experience, reinforcing motivation, positive attitudes, reliability, and punctuality.
Low-income seniors who wish to return to the workforce, immigrants, and young adults labeled “at risk” are amongst those who leave this program with new or enhanced skills to help them create career pathways and achieve success in the job market.
Feeding Hungry Children
In partnership with the Seattle Public Schools, Washington Middle School, and Seattle World School, this program ensures children from unhoused and/or low-income families have “kid-friendly” meals that include easy-to-open, nutritious food, fruits, vegetables, and shelf-stable milk and juices during the week and for school holidays. Some of these children receive breakfast, lunch, and after school meals from the food provided by our food bank as well.