support hungry children and families

Each year, volunteers served nearly 15,000 hours at the food bank and helped distribute over 1.2 million pounds of food.  With only five paid staff members, the White Center Food Bank is a volunteer-driven organization.  In order to ensure the needs of our clients are met and to help provide good customer service, it takes 20-25 volunteers to run the food bank when we are open for distribution.

The White Center Food Bank is open for distribution five days a week and offers a wide variety of opportunities to meet the volunteer needs of individuals, groups, and organizations that wish to help provide essential services to hungry families in our community.

Without the support of hundreds of volunteer hours here at the food bank, we would not be able to provide so many services in the community. There are many ways to offer your expertise here at the food bank. Please consider giving some of your time to help ease the pain of hunger in our community.

Volunteer Opportunities

warehouse volunteers

Like physical work? Available Tuesdays during the day?  We need your help! We need help Tuesday from 10:00am to 2-3:00pm loading and unloading trucks, working to keep the warehouse organized and stocking and sorting.


We are looking for volunteers to drive our van and accompany our drivers to collected donated food from food drives, local grocery stores and individual donors. Shifts are Monday-Friday from 8:30AM-1:00PM and 1:00PM to 5:00 PM.  A valid drivers license for driving, training in the grocery rescue program and a food handlers permit are requirements for both of these positions.  Training can be arranged by the food bank.  Minimum commitment: 1 day/week for 3 months.


The food bank serves approximately 60+ families each day that we are open! Volunteers help to stock shelves, package food, set up the produce and bakery department and distribute food to the community.  Training will be provided. Food handlers permit preferred and can be arranged through the food bank. Shifts run Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday from 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM.  Minimum commitment: 1 day/week for 3 months.


The Mobile Food Bank provides food to low income seniors offsite.  We currently need volunteers at the NIA Apartments (9935 8th Ave SW in White Center) the 1st and 3rd Mondays from 1:15 to 3:15 pm. Minimum commitment: 2 day/month for 3 months.

Host a food drive

Are you a member of a community group, club, or workplace? Hosting a food drive for the food bank can be a great way to support hungry children and families in White Center.  We can supply a packet of instructions and help to coordinate with grocery stores or your organization. We will also pick up donations as needed from your food drive.

lettuce pray

Now in it’s 4th year, Lettuce Pray has collected over 3000 pounds of fresh produce and 6000 pounds of non perishable items for both the White Center and West Seattle Food Banks. Lettuce Pray is our pick up and delivery service for churches in the Southwest Seattle area. July-early October, they mobilize home gardeners who attend the participating churches to bring fresh produce to church on Sunday, for pick up and immediate delivery into cold storage at the food banks. Additionally, they will transport any non perishable items, diapers, pet food and grocery coupons. This helps us provide much needed, healthy fresh food to our clients – a difficult and expensive thing for many of them to access. During the months of November-June, they also collect non perishables monthly. Please call Jane Taylor at 206-932-9339.