Pike Market Food Bank alleviates hunger in downtown Seattle by providing free groceries to visitors of all ages.
2015 has been a busy year for Pike Market Food Bank. “Each week, we serve a little over 300 people and deliver groceries to 87 homebound seniors,” says Brian Anderson, Food Bank Manager. “We are fortunate that so many Pike Place Market vendors and businesses donate fresh produce for our customers, which means we don’t ever turn anyone away.”
When customers visit the food bank, Brian and his staff make sure they leave with more than a healthy bag of groceries. “We also provide care,” says Brian. “We try very hard to make sure everyone who visits feels welcome, valued, and that this is their Food Bank.”
In addition to protein and canned goods, one of the most unique benefits that the Food Bank provides for shoppers is fresh produce, bread, and other goods donated by Pike Place Market vendors. Market businesses such as Sosio’s, Frank’s Produce, Lina’s Produce, Le Panier, Storyville Coffee, and others provide daily donations that add nutrient-rich items to each grocery bag.
Last year, The Market Foundation granted $92,000 to the Food Bank, contributing to nearly 32,000 visits for downtown shoppers and 823,720 lbs. of food distributed. Learn more about the Pike Market Food Bank here.