Meet the White Center Food Bank

The White Center Food Bank began in the mid-1970’s as an emergency response to assist struggling families and individuals in the greater White Center and Highline areas during a major economic downturn.  Much like today, many in the community were facing difficult economic conditions that left them in need of food resources.

In 1982 the White Center Emergency Food Association was formally incorporated and is today known as the White Center Food Bank, serving 57,989 individuals (19,569 families) in 2017. White Center as a geographic area has been subject to many changes in its micro-economic climate from influxes and growth of various immigrant groups to periods of rebirth in its business core. Current programs include daytime, evening, and seniors-only food distributions; Mobile Food Bank Program for seniors and disabled clients; a Baby Pantry for diapers, formula, baby foods and more; culturally relevant food grown onsite; community demonstration gardens and P-patches, cultural foods buying program, grocery rescue and a community connector providing customers with other resources that they need. Intake services are provided in five languages, and all written materials are provided in six languages.


Our Mission

Our mission is to minimize hunger while nourishing community, nurturing self-reliance, and embracing our rich cultural diversity.

La misión del Banco de Comida de White Center es minimizarehambre, mientras alimentamos la comunidad, fomentamos confianza en uno mismo y abrazamos nuestra rica diversidad cultural.

Sứ mệnh của White Center Food Bank là giảm đói, trong khi nuôi dưỡng cộng đồng, nâng cao tính tự lập và bảo vệ sự đa dạng phong phú của các dân tộc.

Продовольственного Банка Белого Центра– свести голод до минимума и в тоже время способствовать развитию местногообщества,воспитывать самостоятельность и

White Center Food Bank helps to feed me and my family. I am 79 yrs old and am the sole supporter of my adult son, who is not able to work because of a chronic illness. We are thankful for what we receive!
— Susan, White Center Food Bank Client
Without the White Center Food Bank, I wouldn’t be able to feed my family through the month. I am not eligible for Food Stamps, so I am extremely grateful for this place.
— Camila - White Center Food Bank Client