Our mission is to nourish with good food, empower with knowledge, and serve with compassion. Our vision is a hunger-free Rainier Valley.
On May 1, 1991, our food bank opened as a volunteer-led neighborhood pantry serving 50 families a week. Founded as Northwest Community Services, the organization experienced a rapid rise in demand as the nation’s economy began to decline in 2008. In response to this huge increase in the number of families in need of food in our neighborhood, the board changed the organization’s name to Rainier Valley Food Bank, and hired its first professional executive director in 2009.
RVFB is currently the busiest food bank in Seattle, out of 26 area food banks, operating from its tiny 1,200-square foot facility. The food bank fulfills nearly 5,000 requests for food each month. Learn more about our impact on the community.
Who We Are
Rainier Valley Food Bank is run by four dedicated staff members, three AmeriCorps members, a board, and a huge network of volunteers. Meet the people that make everything possible.
Meet our many community partners who have made generous contributions of food and in-kind services to help us provide groceries to our neighbors.