A member agency partners with Food Lifeline to increase the amount of healthy, nutritious food they are able to distribute to their clients. Member agencies are food pantries, community meal programs, shelters and group homes. Our network of member agencies vary in size and location, however all are non-profits working hard to feed hungry people in their communities.
How Do Member Agencies Get Food?
The number one service Food Lifeline provides to member agencies is, of course, food! The primary source for food is our Online Ordering system. Agencies shop online and place an order weekly or monthly. King County agencies pick up food directly from Food Lifeline’s Seattle warehouse. Food Lifeline trucks deliver weekly to 10 drop sites throughout Western Washington.
Many member agencies receive food through participation in one of Food Lifeline’s innovative programs, including Grocery Rescue, Seattle’s Table and Kids Cafe.
What Are Other Membership Benefits?
Member agencies receive the latest information on product recalls, so they can make sure the food they are distributing is safe for their clients/guests to eat.
Food Lifeline also provides a variety of training opportunities through our Member Agency Conference, Regional Workshops, Food Lifeline 101 and individual trainings with agency staff and volunteers as requested.
Our Agency Dish Newsletter and Member Agency section of Food Lifeline’s website keep agencies informed and up-to-date
Our Public Policy team provides Advocacy Alerts and can work with agencies and coalitions interested in engaging with their legislators.
How Do We Evaluate Member Agencies?
In order to become a Member Agency, organizations must meet several requirements, including a current 501 (c) 3 determination and a functioning Board of Directors. 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 make sure they are following established food safety guidelines 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.