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Emergency Food

The City of Seattle started funding emergency food programs in the 1980s. Each year, the Seattle Human Services Department invests funds in meal and food bank programs to help people who are homeless, homebound or have low incomes to meet their basic nutritional needs.

These programs include:

Systems Support and Advocacy Programs work with various partners to strengthen the capacity and/or infrastructure of the emergency food system in King County.

  • The Meals Partnership Coalition is a coalition of programs who serve meals to persons in need. Call 1-866-277-9252 for more information.
  • The Seattle Food Committee is a coalition of food bank providers. Call 206-694-6757 for more information.

City of Seattle General Fund and federal Community Development Block Grant allocations to nonprofit, community-based organizations are determined through a competitive process that is conducted by the Seattle Human Services Department at least once every four years.

Funded Agencies and Programs

Food Banks

Home Delivery

Food Bank Distribution


Meal Programs

System Support and Advocacy Programs

Other Related Site to Outdoor Meal Coordination Efforts:


For more information about emergency food programs, please contact the agencies listed above or the 211 Community Information Line by dialing 211 or 1-800-621-4636.

If you don't need a food program but you have questions about Seattle Human Services Department program policy, call 206-684-0266 or e-mail

Seattle Human Services Department
Street address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5800, Seattle, WA 98104
Mailing address: PO Box 34215, Seattle, WA 98124-4215

Phone: 206-386-1001
Fax: 206-233-5119
TTY/TTD: 206-233-2778

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