Donate Food & Funds

When you donate to RVFB, your money goes primarily to our food budget. Our local, national and government partnerships and subsidies allow us to buy more food with $1 than you are able to at the grocery store. We stretch your dollars far and make your donation count!

Close relationships with our food bank guests help us to understand what specific kinds of healthy and ethnic foods are needed to feed local families. We serve a very diverse community of people from all over the world.

Questions about how RVFB operates?
Please email info@rvfb.org

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Food Donations

Donate Food

Because we can stretch dollars through our partnerships, Rainier Valley Food Bank encourages fundraising food drives that raise money for food.  We have great experience helping schools, faith groups, and individuals create new, exciting and effective fundraising food drives.  Ask us how and we’ll be happy to help!

Food Donation Hours:

Tuesday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
We will gladly pick up bulk donations upon arrangement.

For questions or to arrange a pick up:
(206) 723-4105 or email info@rvfb.org.


Helpful Donations:

  • Rice & pasta
  • Canned soups
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruits
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Diapers & infant formula
  • Canned chicken, SPAM & tuna
  • Soy or rice milk
  • Multicultural foods
  • Cold cereal
  • Gluten-free foods

RVFB Farm and Garden DonationsFarm & Garden Donations:

RVFB strives to provide a variety of fresh, locally sourced produce as well as seeds and plant starts to encourage home growing. We gladly accept small and large amounts of produce from home gardens, p-patches or farms.

Please keep the following in mind when donating produce:

  • The less handling before it gets into our clients grocery bags, the better!
  • Please try to donate produce in containers that the food bank can keep. Use of our crates can also be arranged, so that produce can be harvested and distributed from the same receptacle.
  • Please, no mushy, molding or close to over-ripe produce.
  • We will need to compost anything that is not fresh & edible. When gauging the quality and life cycle of your donation, please keep that in mind that the food bank pays for food waste removal.

The Seattle Community Farm at Rainier Vista and the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands are great examples, growing produce to specifically meet the diets of our major ethnic groups served. Here are some resources that may be of help in growing/harvesting food for RVFB:


Food Industry Donations:

RVFB accepts all shapes and sizes of produce, dry-stored, refrigerated, and non-perishable or frozen food and non-food items. We are happy to pick up bulk food donations. Businesses are protected from liability via the Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act. Please consider donating the following:

  • Surplus product
  • Cosmetically damaged items
  • Bulk and raw materials/ingredients
  • Mislabeled or unlabeled items
  • Discontinued, test-market and private-label brands
  • Customer returns
  • Promotional items
  • New product intros
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