Transforming into a Community Hub

Transforming into a Community Hub

The Ballard Food Bank is a point of trust for our neighbors.  Clients visit regularly, connecting with our staff and volunteers as they shop. These relationships establish the trust for clients to share other needs they face, beyond food.  Offering financial assistance and hosting service providers allows a seamless transition for clients to meet multiple needs in one location.

A Note from Jen

A Note from Jen

“No matter where you are from, we’re glad you are our neighbor”

In January, a volunteer brought in a sign that shared this sentiment in English, Spanish and Arabic. We immediately hung it on the wall as I felt the statement reflected what it means to be ‘neighbors helping neighbors’. At first I thought it was a simple gesture...

Richard's Story

Richard's Story

Richard loves cooking community meals. It was true growing up in Alaska and just as true after he moved to Ballard in the construction boom of the late 80’s. His business was good, word of mouth was strong, and occasionally on his way to a job he would stop and lend a hand at Ballard Food Bank. A severe health diagnosis combined with a lagging construction economy, and Richard found himself homeless.  “I never thought it would come to the point where I would need to visit the Food Bank myself” remembers Richard. But all of a sudden when I needed it I was so glad these folks were here.”