Food Bank Services
It hurts to be hungry," said five-year-old Henry when he and his mother came to the food bank
Henry and his mother, Karen, arrived at Volunteers of America Everett Food Bank, hungry, tired and hopeless. Karen explained to a staff member that she had no food or money to feed her son. During these most desperate moments, she knew that there must be a better way to provide for her child and retain her dignity.
Volunteers of America Food Banks in Everett, Sultan, Mill Creek, and Greenwood/North Seattle distribute emergency food to families, children, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. Not only do we provide food to those in need, we work with community partners and coalitions to leverage community resources and raise awareness and support for our hungry neighbors.
Many local economic factors contribute to this demand on our food bank services, and we find that the vast majority of our main customers - 50% are children and seniors - come from working households, families on unemployment or those on fixed incomes who struggle to make ends meet.
Over 48,000 individuals will visit a food bank in Snohomish County alone this month. Food banks across our region are seeing increased demand and private contributions and volunteers are the backbone of our service. Follow these links to read more about Hunger in Washington State and Childhood Hunger.