Food Bank

Our food bank program is our largest program. Individuals living in 98103, 98107, 98109, 98117, 98177 (Seattle addresses only), 98119 and 98199 zip codes may access the food bank once per week. We are set up based on a grocery store model and have shopping carts for your personal use while you move through the food bank area. Our volunteers are ready to help throughout your shopping experience, from checking you in, to helping bag groceries after you’re done shopping.

Come to the food bank when it is convenient for you! We don’t run out of food during the week, so it isn’t necessary to arrive before we open for the day or earlier in the week. 

Ballard Food Bank Service Areas 98107, 98117, 98119, 98199

Our hygiene bar is open during food bank hours. Here you can pick up personal hygiene items once per week. The hygiene bar is open to all zip codes. We often have items such as: shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products, diapers, vitamins, and razors.

Typical food items we offer in our food bank include: Fresh Produce, Dairy, Meat, Canned Protein Items (Beans, Chili, Tuna), Canned Vegetables, Baby Food, Bread (Sliced, Non-sliced, Gluten Free), Rice, Beans, Pasta, Tomato Sauce, Snack Foods & Cereals, Vegetarian Entrée Options, Gluten Free Items, Alternative Milks. 

Items in our No Cook line may include: bread, peanut butter, canned tuna, pop top cans of soup, fresh fruit, some frozen entrees that are easy to reheat in a microwave, shelf stable milks and cereal bars.

First Time Clients

To register, please bring a photo ID and a current proof of address (a piece of mail that you've received within the past 30 days, such as a utility bill, rent receipt, cable bill, etc.) for yourself and others living in your household (school or medical records for children living with you are okay). Please note: we update our files at the beginning of each year. For our clients who are homeless, proof of address is waived when shopping in the No-Cook section. To shop in the grocery section of the food bank, a letter from a local agency, such as the Bridge Care Center or a neighborhood school, showing that you live in the area, is required. If you aren’t able to cook, you can access our No Cook line once per week.

If you are not in our area, please call the Community Information Line (2-1-1) and they will help you find a food bank in your area. 


Fresh produce
  1. You may receive groceries only once per week.

  2. Please treat each other, our volunteers, and our staff with respect. We value our community and we want it to be a welcoming place for all our neighbors.

  3. Please respect our neighbors--don't litter, park in their parking spaces, or loiter on their property.


Distribution Schedule

Monday & Thursday: we will distribute numbers at 11:30, 12:00, and 12:30, then open the lobby to clients at 1:00. 

Tuesday & Wednesday: we will distribute numbers at 8:30, 9:00, and 9:30, then open the lobby to clients at 10:00. 

Day Client Hours Client Services
Monday 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. ALL
Tuesday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. ALL
Wednesday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. ALL
Thursday 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. ALL
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

A Note About Closing Time

The last shopper through the food bank will be 15 minutes before closing time. Shopping must be completed and all clients out of the building by 7:15 PM on Monday or Thursday and 4:15 PM on Tuesday or Wednesday to allow volunteers and staff time to complete closing duties.

Non-perishable food bags will be offered to remaining clients at the following times:
6:45 PM - 7:00 PM on Monday & Thursday
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM on Tuesday & Wednesday

Please note no service is provided after closing time in hygiene, no-cook, mail or the resource desk. Doors are locked promptly at closing time.