Our mission is to nourish with good food, empower with knowledge, and serve with compassion.

Individuals needing food assistance may choose from three different programs:

  1. On-site Food Distribution Days, for people wishing to shop and select their own foods.
  2. Home Delivery, for people with severe disability who are unable to get to the food bank.
  3. To-Go Food Bag, for people without access to a kitchen and in need of pre-prepared foods.

See below for more information about these programs.


On-site Food Distribution Days

For people wishing to shop and select their own foods.

Wednesdays & Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

RVFB Food Bank Distribution Day

To Qualify:
  1. No appointment necessary — just show up!
  2. RVFB does not have any ZIP code restrictions — all are welcome.
  3. Guests may receive food one day each week.  So choose Wednesday OR Saturday, please.
What to Expect:
  1. Street parking is limited. The food bank is accessible by bus routes 7, 9 & 50, and is located within a 15 minute walk of the Columbia City light rail station.
  2. Upon arrival, see the line host to receive a waiting number outside. Numbers are handed out between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. When your number is called, you may enter the food bank and check in with the front desk.
  3. Our waiting area is outside, with limited shelter. Dress well, and prepare to wait outside until your number is called.
  4. Wait times vary between 15 minutes to 2 hours.
What to Bring:
  1. Identification is helpful but not required.
  2. Your own bag to carry your groceries in.
  3. If you have a disability, please inform the line host.

Home Delivery

For people with severe disability who are unable to get to the food bank.

Volunteers load RVFB's delivery van

To Qualify:
  1. Call (206) 723-4105 or email info@rvfb.org.
  2. Recipients must complete an application, including a doctor’s referral.
  3. Recipients must be within RVFB’s delivery range, which is within approximately two miles of the food bank.
What to Expect:
  1. Food is delivered once per week and is intended to last three to four days.
  2. Food is selected by RVFB staff and includes a well-rounded selection of primary food groups.
  3. RVFB staff does their best to accommodate dietary needs, when resources allow.
  4. Food is delivered to your doorstep weekly by trained volunteers or RVFB staff.
About The Program:

Each week, RVFB delivers groceries to more than 200 homebound individuals/households in southeast Seattle, with a focus on seniors, disabled, families with disabled children, or people living with chronic illness.


To-go Food Bag

For persons without access to a kitchen and in need of pre-prepared foods.

Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A volunteer fills bags for delivey

To Qualify:
  1. To-Go Food Bags are for unhoused individuals living outdoors or in a vehicle without cooking facilities.
What to Expect:
  1. Upon arrival to the food bank, ask a staff or volunteer for a To-Go Food Bag.
  2. Please wait patiently outside for your bag.
  3. The contents of the bag are subject to availability and may vary from day-to-day.
  4. You may receive one (1) To-Go Food Bag per day.
  5. Persons receiving a To-Go Food Bag cannot select their own food items from shelving inside the food bank.

 

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