Hours of Distribution

Office, Mail Distribution & Hygiene Bar:
Tues., Wed., Thurs.: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Grocery Distribution:
Tuesday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Wednesday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Thursday: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm



Our friends at the Rotary Club of Ballard are having an Urban Quest on Saturday, June 6th. 

Teams will compete against other teams in a scavenger hunt style event to earn the most points and a chance at the $500 cash prize. 

The cost is $100 per team (4 people max) until June 1st. After June 1st, the fee increases to $120. Proceeds will support Ballard Rotary programs for youth.

The event begins and ends at Hilliard's, 1550 NW 49th Street. There will be food and drinks available for purchase following the event. Register today!


Partners Join Forces for Cooking Class at Food Bank

Distributing food, offering hygiene items, a mail service, emergency financial assistance for rent and utilities, job referrals….you might wonder: “What more could the Ballard Food Bank possibly do that it isn’t already doing?”

Well, how about cooking classes?  

On a Monday evening this past April, Golda Simon, Nutrition Educator with Seattle/King County Public Health and Brittany Myer, a senior in SPU’s Nutritional Science program, led an hour long class on  increasing the nutritional value and/or appeal of items commonly found at the food bank. On this particular evening, the common carrot, humble mushroom, and fragrant garlic were roasted and added to packaged ramen noodles. The salty seasoning packets ramen noodles are known for were tossed. Ginger, soy sauce, and a bit of hot pepper flakes were substituted instead; thereby reducing the sodium content and eliminating any artificial ingredients. Finally, chopped garden chard and spinach were tossed into the simmering mix to create this ‘Ragin’ Ramen Stew.’

“If you’re going to eat ramen, make it better,” was the take-home message from this inaugural class.  And, if this all sounds just a little too fancy for your tastebuds, toss in half a bag of mixed frozen vegetables instead.  Needless to say, the participants all thoroughly enjoyed sampling the stew during class, as well as learning new ways to cook vegetables--we all agreed the roasted carrots were delicious!

An added bonus to the kickoff class: each participant took home a generous bag of groceries that were donated by the Ballard Farmers Market through Seattle Farmers Market Master, Judy Kirkhuff.  This, along with the Ramen Stew recipe, gives class members the tools they need to recreate the recipe at home.

Stay tuned for future classes,

Golda Simon

Seattle Nutrition Action Consortium (S.N.A.C.)


 Helping Our Neighbors

More than 1,400 Ballard, Magnolia, and Queen Anne households receive food, hygiene items, or emergency financial help each week from the Ballard Food Bank. We're there to meet our neighbors' basic needs. Use this site to learn more about us, our services, and how you can get involved by donating or volunteering!