Solving Hunger
Feeding children, adults and seniors facing hunger
Food Lifeline is on a mission to end hunger in Western Washington. We believe that access to food is a human right and that nobody deserves to be hungry. Food Lifeline provides nutritious food to hundreds of thousands of people facing hunger every year by sourcing nutritious food from a variety of food industry partners. We distribute this food through a partnership with 350 food banks, shelters, and meal programs, enabling us to provide the equivalent of more than 201,000 meals every single day. At the same time we are working to end hunger for the future by addressing its root causes, including systemic inequity and social injustice. We do this through advocacy efforts to shape local, state, and federal policy, by partnering with organizations that are addressing other causes of poverty, and through community engagement and mobilization efforts.
Distribution and mobile food programs
Food Lifeline has three methods of distribution that deliver sourced food to our partner agencies quickly and efficiently.
Method 1
Direct distribution
Direct distribution involves pairing partner agencies with local food sources. For example, we create and manage partnerships with grocery stores that allow our partner agencies to pick up food directly from the source.
Method 2
Online ordering and pickup
This system allows partner agencies to “shop” our warehouse online. Our warehouse team then pulls these orders and packages the food for dockside pickup.
Method 3
Mobile food programs
Food Lifeline delivers food to several underserved areas across Western Washington. These include rural food banks, urban “food deserts”, senior housing agencies, and school food programs. We also deliver to regional “distribution hubs”, where this food can be redistributed to several smaller food banks and meal programs.
We like to say, “When we take to the highway, hunger has nowhere to hide”.
Solving hunger for tomorrow
Food Lifeline recently developed a 3-year strategic plan to end hunger in Western Washington.
Community Partnerships
Lifting people out of poverty involves increasing access to basic needs, including healthcare, financial assets, affordable housing, employment opportunities, and nutritious food. That's why we're partnering to improve client household stability. Through collaborative programming with other nonprofits and agencies, we're strengthening our hunger relief efforts alongside their work to improve essential services, and thereby helping low-income households stabilize and move toward self-sufficiency.
Public Policy & Advocacy
The quickest way to end hunger is to optimize government, community, and business resources to help resolve issues—effective public policy has the power to do just that. Our advocacy work focuses on policies that break down barriers and secure new investments for hunger relief, while also protecting successful safety net programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
More Food to Children, Adults and Seniors Facing Hunger
Our 10-year objective is to double the number of meals we provide in order to close the gap between people who are hungry and people who are being fed in Western Washington.
3-Year Strategic Plan Goals Fiscal Year 2022-2024
Reduce Barriers, Increase Access To Nutritious Food
Expand sourcing of nutritious, culturally appropriate foods.
Increase funding/reduce barriers to food assistance programs.
Advance practices rooted in client dignity and engagement.
Expand Capacity Of The Hunger Relief System
Thoughtfully expand our partner agency network.
Identify sustainable funding for programs and partners.
Align with those who share our social justice values.
Elevate Voices Of People Facing Hunger
Engage clients as experts and leaders in our work.
Shift power to communities and people facing hunger.
Advance hunger as a top community issue requiring action.
Target The Root Causes Of Food Insecurity
Bundle food provision with essential services.
Successfully advocate for anti-poverty policies and programs.
Build effective community engagement & mobilization strategies.
Advance A Broad Social Movement To End Hunger
Inspire action on belief that access to food is a HUMAN RIGHT.
Actively partner to creative dynamic and effective coalitions.
Build effective community engagement & mobilization strategies.
We're making every dollar count
Whether you’re supporting Food Lifeline with your time, funds, or voice, we want you to know the current state of our combined efforts to end hunger in Western Washington.
That’s why we produce our annual Impact Report—to give our community an update on who we’re serving and how it’s helping, and to show the overall health of our organization.
The annual Impact Report highlights the work we’re only able to do with your continued support.
See where you’re making a difference!
Audited Financial Statements
FY 2020 Audited Financial Statement
FY 2019 Audited Financial Statement
990 Tax Forms
FY 2020 Food Lifeline 990
FY 2019 Food Lifeline 990
Impact Reports
FY 2020 Impact Report
FY 2019 Impact Report
Food Lifeline is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization registered with the Washington State Charities Program as required by law. EIN 91-1090450. Information may be obtained by calling 800-332-4483 or 360-725-0378.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Full USDA Non-discrimination Statement | Spanish Translation
We love being partners
Food Lifeline is a member of Feeding America, the country’s fourth largest non-profit organization, and the national leader in hunger relief. This allows us to leverage the resources of more than 200 food banks across the country, taking advantage of hunger-ending best practices, sharing relationships with national food brands, and sharing food surpluses from sister agencies throughout the country.
In 2011, Food Lifeline joined with Second Harvest Food Bank of the Inland Northwest to form Feeding Washington, a separate non-profit organization. Working closely with Washington’s agricultural community, Feeding Washington sources “unmarketable” produce on a statewide scale and helps supply its members with a greater quantity, variety, quality, and regularity of food donations at the lowest cost. Last year, Feeding Washington sourced more than 42.3 million pounds of fresh produce.
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815 S 96th St
Seattle, WA  98108
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