At Ballard Food Bank, we believe hope is a basic human right. But here in Seattle, our neighbors are experiencing a crisis of living affordability that leaves too many people without food or hope.
Over the past five years, our city has had the largest increase in rents in the country, and we have the nation’s third-largest homeless population. One in eight neighbors in King County is at risk of going hungry. Many families are forced to make tough financial decisions between food, healthcare, and housing.
Our neighbors deserve better. They need a place where they can access food and hygiene items for their families along with services like heating assistance, referrals to medical care, and veterans’ benefits – all under one roof.
As a vital part of this community, you can help Ballard Food Bank make this possible.
Ballard Food Bank is a trusted, compassionate place that pairs our grocery-style Food Bank with our Community Resource Hub. We believe in treating all of our clients with dignity and respect. That’s why the Food Bank allows our neighbors, many of them senior citizens and veterans, to pick up food on their own terms. We work tirelessly for food justice – more equitable access to nutritious food for all of our neighbors.
We’re a part of a broader effort to eliminate hunger and increase hope in our city and beyond. Through the Hub, we create connections to supportive services for our most vulnerable neighbors. Here our clients have access to emergency financial assistance – rent and utility payments, move-in deposits, and vouchers for state IDs and driver’s licenses – as well as health services, case management, and counseling. These vital resources help our neighbors prevent homelessness, stay warm, and maintain employment.
I am grateful to see the Hub flourish. One of our clients prevented re-incarceration by completing a court-mandated alcohol and drug assessment onsite with the Community Psychiatric Clinic. Another client moved from a homeless shelter into housing by accessing tenant advocacy services at the Hub. These people visited Ballard Food Bank for groceries and left on a path to self-sufficiency.
We need your support to provide food and hope to our neighbors. Your gift to the Ballard Food Bank helps us stock healthy, nutritious food and strengthen our neighbors’ well-being through our Hub.
Together, as the Ballard Food Bank community, we can improve the quality of life for thousands in our community.
I wish you and your family enjoy a warm and happy holiday season!
-Jen Muzia, Executive Director