Northshore Food Banks:  Check 'Current Food Bank/Community Meal Info' below for up to date resources


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Since 2009, a diverse and interconnected group of local partners has been working together to help ensure that everyone in our community has access to enough nourishing food. 

Ordinary people who rolled up their sleeves and said, “Yes, count me in" and who, working collaboratively through their schools, churches, PTAs, businesses and service organizations, are helping fill the hunger gaps.  In big and small ways we continue to harness the power of community, and share ideas and talents.   Relationships are forged and bonds are strengthened as we help transform how we care for each other.

Note that the Northshore Nourishing Network is a network of partner organizations and individuals and not a registered charity so if you'd like to donate food or grocery cards, or make a financial contribution please click on the appropriate contact link.   Volunteering:  sometimes an agency will ask for specific information to be included on this site - see the 'Volunteer Opportunities' section below - generally speaking though it's a good idea to contact individual organizations directly.

What does it mean when 3 out of every 6 people in our community go hungry every day?   It means that there are 3 people in our community who can do something about it!

Thank you, and stay safe.


Current Food Bank/Community Meal Information:  Updated Wednesday September 23, 2020

Many local food banks may not be operating on their regular schedule right now and are instead offering pre-packed bags of groceries for drive-up/curb-side pick up.  Many community meal programs have suspended their operations, and if they're open at all have switched to providing bagged meals-to-go.     If you need these resources please contact the providers ahead of time to check.   To avoid having to make multiple calls, here's what we know thus far ...

* The Woodinville Storehouse Foodbank (located at 17110 140th Ave NE, Woodinville) is offering its clients pre-filled bags of groceries at the door during its normal operating hours.  Donations are much appreciated.   For food bank details and a list of the most needed items call 425 483 5252, or go to  

*  The Northshore Senior Center (10201 E Riverside Drive, Bothell) is offering lunches to-go for seniors every day from 11.45 a.m. - 12.45 p.m.   Call the day-of to pre-order.  A donation of $4 is requested but not required.   Can't get to the Center?   Call 425 487 2441 by 11.00 a.m. the day-of and they will connect with their Transportation Department to make the necessary arrangments;  

*  The Northshore Senior Center in Bothell has a pop-up food pantry.   To best meet the needs of the community, please note the pantry operating hours effective Tuesday September 1:   Tuesdays and Saturdays 9.00 a.m. - 11.00 a.m. the pantry will be open for seniors and individuals with disabilities, and from 11.00 a.m. - noon the pantry will be open to the community.  On Thursdays 5.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m. the pantry will be open for seniors and people with disabilities, and from 7.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. the pantry will be open to the community.    Donations are most welcome.    For food pantry information including a home delivery option call 425 487 2441.   Email contact is Corey Lowell (Director of Senior Centers) at for details.    

Want to volunteer your time at the pantry?   See the Volunteer Opportunities section below;

*  The Northshore School District (425 408 6000) is offering free meals to all children ages 18 and younger.  Meals can be picked up daily or in a weekly meal pack.    Ordering information and pick up locations can be found at

New, September 23:  The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program which provides families an EBT card to purchase food to replace school meals their children are missing while learning remotely has been extended through Fiscal Year 2021 thanks to a Continuing Resolution passed yesterday in the US House of Representaties.   For complete details on this and other food/nutrition developments affecting families, go to   Call the Department of Social and Health Services at 877-501-2233 for help with P-EBT eligibility questions;

* The YMCA supported free grab n go lunch programs at Kenmore City Hall and the Kingsgate Library respectively have now ended.   Stay tuned to this space for updates and information about potential upcoming Y food programs;

* Bothell Community Kitchen's (Bothell United Methodist Church) hot meal program is on hiatus until further notice;  

* 'Open Kitchen' at Redmond UMC (16540 NE 80th St, Redmond) (425 883 7553) is offering pre-packed dinners to-go from 5.00 - 6.00 p.m. every Wednesday

* Kenmore Community Church dinners are suspended until further notice;

* St Brendan Catholic Church offers free community meals packed in to-go containers ready to pick up at 5.00 p.m. every Thursday.  St Brendan is located at 10100 NE 192nd  Street, Bothell, 98011.   St Brendan's phone # is 425 483 9400.

* POPY's Cafe at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 14514 20th Ave NE, Shoreline (phone # 206 363 8100) offers grab n go dinners every Wednesday from 5.00 - 6.00 p.m. 

* St Dunstan's Episcopal Church, 722 N 145th Street, Shoreline, (206 363 4319), offers dinners packed and ready to go every Tuesday from 4.30 - 6.00 p.m. 

* Ronald United Methodist Church, 17839 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline (phone # 206 542 2484) offers grab n go dinners every Thursday from 5.30 - 6.30 p.m.

* Bethesda Lutheran Church (Mountlake Terrace) meals are on hiatus right now;

* Northlake Christian Church is no longer offering Thursday dinners;

* Cedar Park Northshore Church Food Bank, 18737 68th Ave NE, Kenmore (425 939 1377) is open on Mondays from 5.30 - 7.00 p.m.    Pre-packed bags of groceries are available for pick up.   ID required.   For more information, go to

* Edmonds Food Bank (828 Caspers Street (lower level of the Edmonds United Methodist Church), (425 778 5833) offers pre-ordered meals to go every Monday and Tuesday.    For details, go to

* Maltby Food Bank, 21104 86th Ave SE, Snohomish.   Hours may vary, so please call 360 668 7900 or go to to get information on how to register as a client, and verify open hours;

* North Helpline Food Bank (Lake City location), 12736 33rd Ave NE, Seattle (206 367 3477) offers pre-packed boxes of groceries several times a week:   Wednesdays 10.00 a.m.  - 1.00 p.m., Thursdays 4.30 - 6.30 pm., Saturdays 10.00 - 11.00 a.m.   A 'No Cook' box of groceries is an option;

* North Helpline Food Bank (Bitter Lake location), 13000 Linden Ave N, Seattle (206 367 3477) offers pre-packed boxes of groceries on Saturdays  10.00 a.m. - 2.00 p.m.   A 'No Cook' box of groceries is an option here, too;

* Concern for Neighbors Food Bank (serves the residents of Brier, Mountlake Terrace, and south Lynnwood) offers a drive thru pick up grocery service on Tuesdays from 9.30 - 11.30 a.m.   Call 425 778 7227 with questions.  4700 228th St SW, Mountlake Terrace.  ID required;

*  Hopelink's Mobile Food Market is on the road again!   Information can be found at   Hopelink is currently accepting donations of fresh produce and clean and sterile disposable/cloth facemasks from the general public.  Please contact Hopelink directly if produce donations exceed 200lbs.   Pre-packed boxes of groceries are available to anyone who needs one.  Other Hopelink services are being offered by phone or online.   Hopelink's phone number is 425 869 6000, or go to  

* Hopelink has created an easy 1-2-3 guide to packing an emergency food box for a neighbor.   For details, go to

* Canyon Hills Community Church (22027 17th Ave SE, Bothell, 98021) (425 488 4121) is offering a drive-thru foodbank on Tuesdays from 11.30 a.m.- 1.30 p.m., and 5.00 p.m.- 7.30 p.m.   In addition to pantry staples, fresh produce, dairy, and meat are included in the bag.   Anyone who needs food is welcome.    Donations of non-perishable food are most welcome during these same hours.  For additional details, contact

* Woodin Elementary PTA (12950 NE 195th Street, Bothell) has a food bank that's open to everyone every Thursday from 10.45 a.m. - 11.30 a.m.  The food bank is located in the school gym;

* The Muslim Community Resource Center (MCRC) is a volunteer non-profit organization that partners with like-minded (Muslim and non-Muslim) organizations and non-profits to provide a variety of community services including those related to hunger and homelessness.  Hot meals, brown bag lunches, and family-sized care boxes are just three of the programs currently in place.    During COVID-19, emergency staple food items, grocery cards - including grocery cards to buy halal or meet other dietery restrictions - are available, and there are volunteer opportunities.    Contact Nickhath Sheriff at for more information, or go to  

* 'Kits for Peace' is a local non-profit that distributes hand-made, draw string bags each containing a food card, personal hygiene items, and food bank and other resource information, to community centers and shelters.   For information about the program contact  Also, check out the website at

* The Mobile Meal Alliance is a partnership between the Washington State Food Truck Association and Bellevue Nourishing Network.   If your organization is looking for a way to help the community by funding a meal service, a series of meal services, and/or offering a location for a meal service and you'd like to participate thru Bellevue Nourishing Network, go to for more information.    If your organization would like to fly solo with this, or collaborate with another like-minded group, contact Lori Johnson, Executive Director, Washington State Food Truck Association LLC, at or call 360 223 3801.

* Every Tuesday from 3.30 - 5.00 p.m. bags of locally grown produce will be available for drive-thru purchase ($30 - cash or check made out to SVA - per bag) in the Sammamish Valley Grange parking lot, 14654 148th Ave NE, Woodinville.  Masks are required.  Bags are limited in quantity and will be sold on a first-come first-served basis.  Produce items will vary weekly depending on seasonal harvest.   Money from all sales will go towards on-going purchases of local farm food with additional funds going to a local food bank. 

I'll continue to update this info. as I receive it.


Volunteer Opportunities (Updated Wednesday September 16)

The Northshore Senior Center in Bothell is looking for pantry volunteers.  To keep the risk of COVID-19 as low as possible, the pantry operates with a skeleton crew and every volunteer must be able to do all the jobs - ability to frequently lift up to 50 lbs, ability to move around easily, provide friendly, respectful customer service, for example - in a team-based, fast-paced environment.  Pantry hours are listed in the 'Current Food Bank/Community Meal Information' section above.   For complete details of the volunteer requirements, and information on the volunteer application process, please contact Peggy Brown, Northshore Senior Center Food Pantry Coordinator at 425 422 4898 or

Hopelink has lots of volunteer slots at various sites.   Check them out at

Farm volunteer opportunities are available through the Sammamish Valley Alliance, so if you'd like to help with the local produce and fruit distribution program (details above), or spend time actually working on one of the Sammamish Valley farms, contact Tom Quigley at or call him at 206 850 2643.  

New, September 16:  NUHSA (North Urban Human Services Alliance) is seeking nominations for its 2020 Human Services Awards in two categories:   Human Services Champion of the Year, and Outstanding Human Services Program.     Nomination details can be found at and clicking on the relevant link under 'Latest News'.    Nominees and winners will be honored at NUHSA's virtual awards celebration on Tuesday, December 1 at 5.30 p.m.


Donating Food

Our local food pantries are doing a stellar job keeping their shelves well-stocked due in no small part to the generosity of friends, neighbors, and community food drives.    We really are in this together, and the more we can help each other the better.  

Many food banks/pantries each have their own 'most needed' list so please try and stick to it.  Check the 'best-by' date on the cans/packages you're planning to donate and if the date is illegible or non-existent, toss out the item.   If the 'best-by' date has passed, use your best judgement or better yet call the food bank to ask if they'll take it.   All cans and packages must be undamaged and unopened. 

If you have a large donation, fresh produce, or refrigerated items, be aware that some food banks/pantries may have limited storage capacity, so please check with them ahead of time before you head out the door with your contribution. 

The federal SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) provides benefits to eligible low income individuals and families.   These benefits must be used to purchase food (for a list go to and cannot be used to purchase other essential supplies such as laundry soap, dish soap, and paper products, and personal hygiene items such as shampoo.    Most food pantries accept donations of these 'non essential' supplies but call ahead to double check. 


Food for Thought: Updated Wednesday September 23, 2020

You all know about the impact the COVID-19 virus has had on cafes, restaurants, and other gathering places that have closed their doors to sit-down customers and switched to take-out and/or delivery options, and the subseqent effect this has had on staffing.   Here in our neck of the woods, the Woodinville wine community has opened a free food pantry for restaurant workers, tasting room staff, and musicians who are ineligible for traditional food bank resources.  Find information at 

A number of lunch box and catering companies are looking for opportunities to help keep their employees working while helping feed the community.   One, Ingallina's Box Lunch reached out to our Network offering to give (and receive) help.   Joyce Matson, COO, says that they'll do their best to "work with ANY budget."   The meal programs in our Network rely on donations and work within limited budgets, but if you'd like to consider providing a one-time meal for say, Camp Unity Eastside, or to supplement an existing program, contact Joyce at to talk about what you can do together.

Access to good healthy produce is a challenge for a lot of people, and that's where Farms for Life (FFL) comes in.  FFL, a local (Woodinville/Redmond) non-profit, works to support our local farmers by purchasing their surplus produce and donating this bounty to a number of community agencies that provide essential food services to our neighbors who need them.    Farms have been critically impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, so FFL has set up an Emergency Grant Relief fund to help their partner farms, almost all of which are family owned and operated.   For information about FFL and their Emergency Grant Relief fund, go to

The closure of restaurants and other food service programs has had a huge impact on our local farmers, so here are some suggestions for supporting this vital sector of our community:   stop by a farm or roadside produce stand;  shop at your local farmers market;  take out a membership subscription to a CSA (community supported agriculture) program; buy gift certificates; look for local produce, and request more, at your local grocery store.  The Sammamish Valley Grange website has lots of information so check it out at 

Have you heard about EastWest Food Rescue?   This grassroots movement has been organizing caravans of trucks that pick up potatoes and other produce that would otherwise spoil in the fields of Eastern Washington, and transporting it to food banks in the Seattle area.   Farmers are compensated for their work, and the folks who really need good healthy produce are benefiting.    For information please check out

New, September 23:   Burien Foodbank - Alimentando el Pueblo - keeps Latinex community fed with traditional cultural staples.   Check out this great article at  


Get Involved

In Northshore we share what we know and give our time to help weave a bigger and stronger net to help fill the gaps that often leave people hungry.   Whether via email, social media, or in person, we welcome everyone who's interested in contributing their time, talent, and energy.  

Here are some of the programs currently in place:

  • Free community meals.   Check the 'Northshore Meals' tab above for information.  Be aware that not all these resources may be available during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Do I buy textbooks or food?   This is a choice facing many college students these days.   Fortunately, UW Bothell students (resident and non-resident) who need extra food help can get Husky Pantry information by going to
  • Studying at Cascadia College?   Currently enrolled Cascadia College students can check out the Kodiak Cave for a varied selection of non-perishable food, along with bread and dairy products.   For shopping hours and other information contact
  • Hopelink Mobile Food Market.   For complete information including locations and a monthly calendar click on the link in the 'Current Food Bank/Community Meal Information' link above.
  • A Little Free Pantry is set up near the driveway entrance to Northlake Lutheran Church, 6620 NE 185th Street, Kenmore.  This resource was a collaboration between Common House Vineyard Christian Fellowship and Northlake Lutheran Church.   The plans and materials list for this pantry and Common House Vineyard's first Little Free Pantry located on 120th Street in Kirkland just outside the Salisbury Court Apartments, are available at the links near the top of this page.   
  • On the Mini Pantry Movement website navigate through the 'map' tab where you'll find information about the Northlake Lutheran Church pantry, one set up by Girl Scout Troop 45199 in the Woodinville area at 17524 199th Ave NE, Woodinville, 98077, one located in the Maywood Hills area of Bothell at 20209 108th Ave NE, and one located at 15209 78th Ave NE in Kenmore.   Not on the littlefreepantry map is one located just outside the front door of Cottage Lake Presbyterian Church, 18350 NE Woodinville-Duvall Place, Woodinville, 98077.  "Give what you can.  Take what you need" ... Little Free Pantries help neighbors feed neighbors, nourishing their communities.   Important note:   if you're planning to contribute an item/items to a Little Free Pantry, please be aware that shelf space is tight so do not leave items outside the pantry unless there's a covered plastic container available for 'overflows.'   And, for items like dishsoap, 25 fl oz sized bottles are a good fit, as are 50 fl oz bottles of liquid laundry soap.   Unscented brands of these products are preferred;
  • Camp Unity Eastside.    Our neighbors at CUE are currently being hosted by Northshore United Church of Christ, 18900 168th Ave NE, Woodinville.    Their meal calendar has openings - details can be found at - so take a moment to check it out.    CUE currently has around 20 residents.  No time to cook?  There's a suggestion on the CUE website.   
A huge thank you to everyone who's helping take care of our community right now.  You're the best!


Useful Resources has lots of timely information about hunger and poverty, action items, programs, research and data. is right in our own backyard, leading the fight for hungry people in Washington to have access to nutritious food while preserving their dignity and promoting good health.

Our neighbors to the north have a wealth of resources, particularly at Community Food Centres of Canada at   Understanding the issues and reading inspirational stories about people and programs are just two of the features you'll find on this site.

Recipe Box (Updated Monday March 30)

"Feeding the Whole Family: Cooking with Whole Foods: More than 200 Recipes for Feeding Babies, Young Children, and their Parents" by Cynthia Lair;

"Pass the Polenta:  And Other Writings from the Kitchen - With Recipes" by Teresa Lust;

"Mexican Everyday" by Rick Bayless

"Eat Well on $4 a Day: Good and Cheap" by Leanne Brown.   Here's the link to the downloadable pdf (English)

In Spanish, click on

Another great resource is at

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