About Food Lifeline

Food Lifeline approaches hunger as a logistical problem that can be solved.

Working with the food industry and its surpluses, we come up with creative solutions to stopping hunger, including redirecting good food from manufacturers, farmers, grocery stores and restaurants that might otherwise go to waste. We provide 82,000 meals a day to local food assistance programs, and that, combined with our policy work, creates a sustainable approach to hunger.   

Food Lifeline is regularly recognized for our innovative programs, such as Grocery Rescue, Seattle’s Table and Produce for the People which are finding new and sustainable ways to redirect surplus food to people in need.

This wholesome food then goes out to the 275 members of our food program network. These food banks, food pantries, hot meal programs, shelters and after-school programs have all been certified by Food Lifeline to meet the highest standards for client care and food safety.  

Founded in 1979, Food Lifeline is led by a board of directors that represents our community and the food industry. Food Lifeline employs a staff of 68 people, from truck drivers to food industry specialists, who all bring a passion to stopping hunger to their work.

Food Lifeline is a proud member of the Feeding America network. This relationship allows us to bring hunger-stopping best practices, relationships with national food brands and food surpluses from sister agencies back to Western Washington.