About Food Lifeline

Rescue food. Feed hungry people. Repeat. 

Every year, nearly 40% of our country’s food ends up in landfills, while millions go hungry.

Food Lifeline has a solution for both problems.

We rescue millions of pounds of this surplus food from farmers, manufacturers, grocery stores, and restaurants. We then deliver this healthy and nutritious food to 275 food banks, shelters and meal programs across Western Washington.

Thanks to your support, we provide 90,000 meals to our hungry neighbors every day.

That’s why we say, “Hunger Doesn’t Have to Happen.”

Food Lifeline is regularly recognized for our innovative programs, such as Grocery RescueSeattle’s Table and Mobile Food Pantry which are finding new and sustainable ways to redirect surplus food to people in need.

Founded in 1979, Food Lifeline is led by a board of directors that represents our community and the food industry. Food Lifeline employs a team of 85 dedicated 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.

Latest Campaign Updates

Albertsons-Safeway Merger Brings Explosive Growth to Grocery Rescue Program

Food Lifeline’s Grocery Rescue Program is excited to announce an expansion to include Safeway as its newest retail partner.

Raise the Pallet is Huge Success

Wow – what an incredible evening we had on Saturday. Raise the Pallet was an enormous success, and so much of that is thanks to you. You brought your energy, spirit and generosity.

Breaking New Ground in Ending Hunger

It was a perfect event, right down to the golden shovels and the miniature chocolate hard hats.