Innovative Programs

Creative approaches to stopping hunger

Food Lifeline creates sustainable ways to stop people from being hungryIn a world of plenty, there is no excuse for there to be hungry people here in Western Washington.

By approaching hunger with fresh eyes and operational excellence, we’re creating sustainable ways to stop people from being hungry. Instead of going from food crisis to food crisis, we have focused on efficient collection and distribution systems that serve as a reliable source of nutritious food for families in need year round.  

These systems also solve problems for grocery stores, restaurants, manufacturers and others in the food industry who want to advance zero waste initiatives all while helping their neighbors in need.

We find surprising places to get good, surplus food donated—restaurants, grocery stores, food manufacturers, distributors and farmers—and use the best operational practices to efficiently distribute that food to hungry people wherever they are, via food banks, meal programs, shelters, schools and more.

Applying our ingenuity and adapting effective practices from around the country, Food Lifeline’s programs are stopping hunger and also decreasing food waste.

Grocery Rescue: Making it easy and safe for grocery stores to donate quality, but unsellable, food to the food programs right in their neighborhood.

Kids Cafe: Bringing healthy and kid friendly foods to the afterschool and summer programs where kids live, learn and play.

Mobile Food Pantry: Delivering nutritious food directly to people in high-need areas, such as food deserts and rural communities.

School Pantry: Knowing that kids can’t learn if they’re hungry, Food Lifeline has a food bank right in one of Seattle’s most in-need schools.

Seattle’s Table: The connection between restaurant & caterers’ prepared foods and the hot meal programs in their neighborhood.

Ending Hunger Through Financial Stability: A Mobile Intervention

The cycles of poverty our clients struggle with force them to make impossible trade-offs.

Your Gifts Help Feed Students Like Amy & Aiden!

In Western Washington, connecting hungry children with nourishing food is a community effort.

Kids Cafe Expands

Food Lifeline launched seven new Kids Cafe afterschool meal sites in early 2017 in partnership with The Seattle Public Library, King County Library System, and United Way of King County.