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What Is A Partner Agency?

Partner agencies work with Food Lifeline to increase the amount of healthy, nutritious food they are able to distribute to their clients. Partner agencies are food pantries, community meal programs, and shelters. Our network of partner agencies vary in size and location, however all are non-profits working hard to feed hungry people in their communities. For more information, contact

Food Lifeline provides food

What it means to be a partner agency

How partner agencies get food

The primary service Food Lifeline provides to partner agencies is, of course, food! Agencies are able to shop online and place orders weekly or monthly on our online ordering system. King County agencies pick up food directly from Food Lifeline’s Hunger Solution Center in Seattle while Food Lifeline trucks deliver weekly to 10 drop sites throughout Western Washington.

Other benefits of being a partner agency

Partner agencies receive the latest information on product recalls, so they can ensure the food they’re distributing is safe for their clients and guests.

Food Lifeline also provides a variety of training opportunities through our Partner Agency Conference, Regional Workshops, Food Lifeline 101, and individual trainings with agency staff and volunteers.

Our monthly Agency E-Newsletter and the Partner Agency section of Food Lifeline’s website keep agencies informed and up-to-date.

Our Public Policy team provides advocacy alerts and works with agencies and coalitions interested in engaging with their legislators.

How we evaluate partner agencies

In order to become a partner agency, organizations must meet several requirements including a current 501(c) 3 determination and a functioning Board of Directors. Click here to read the full list of eligibility requirements.

Food Lifeline conducts a thorough monitor of each agency every other year. We look at how the agency is receiving, storing, and distributing food to ensure established food safety guidelines are being followed and that food is being distributed equitably. The monitor also gives Food Lifeline staff a chance to elicit feedback on our services, learn about specific challenges the agency is facing, and assess agency capacity.

Interested in becoming a partner agency?

Food Lifeline reviews applications for agency partnerships twice a year. However, due to the COVID-19 response, this process will likely be put on hold.

If you are interested in becoming a new Food Lifeline partner agency, please click here to sign our partner interest form.

If you are an existing Food Lifeline partner agency interested in applying for additional program partnerships, please click here to join our mailing list.

For more information, contact