Food Bank Program

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Hours of operation

  • Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – Noon
  • Thursday: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 10:00 a.m. – Noon

The Food Bank is located on Capitol Hill in Seattle, on the corner of 16th Avenue and E. Pine Street. Please call for directions to the Eastside Food Bank.

Who We Serve
The Polack Food Bank is a member of the Seattle Food Committee. We serve people of all backgrounds who live in surrounding neighborhoods and anyone in the Puget Sound region’s Jewish community.

Kosher Food Bank
JFS offers a Kosher Food Bank opportunity for families who keep a kosher kitchen. Expect to take home 20 pounds or more of groceries including perishables. Dates vary, see calendar. Advance registration required for each event.

Frequency of Visits
Most people use the Food Bank one time per month. If you have exceptional circumstances, please contact an Emergency Services Case Manager at (206) 461-3240 to discuss your specific needs.

Come to the Polack Food Bank prepared to show ID with your current address. If you do not use the Polack Food Bank for several months in a row, you may be asked to complete a new Intake Data Sheet.

Type of Food Distributed
The JFS Polack Food Bank operates on a “client choice model.” This means that clients select the food they prefer from among the available choices. Typically clients choose from multiple varieties of canned fruits, vegetables, tuna, soup and beans as well as fresh produce, eggs, lean meats and dairy. As with all food banks, we cannot guarantee the quality of food distributed, although our goal is to distribute nutritious food of good quality.

United Way & Statistics
Jewish Family Service of Seattle is a United Way of King County recipient agency. Once a year, we submit statistical information to United Way. This includes results of a customer satisfaction survey. All Food Bank visitors are asked to complete this survey once a year. Each month we are asked to give basic statistical information about Food Bank usage to one of the agencies from which we receive free food and to the city of Seattle. Names are not included with any of this information.

Volunteers assist with many aspects of the Food Bank. Please be patient as volunteers-in-training become familiar with our procedures.

Jewish Holidays and Closures
Jewish Family Service observes all Jewish holidays as well as most federal and state holidays. This means that the agency and the Food Bank will be closed in observance of those holidays. Every effort is made to give one full month’s notice for a closure.

In the case of inclement weather or a natural disaster, the Food Bank may be closed. We follow the Seattle Public School’s weather closure schedule, so if schools are closed we will be closed as well. If you are unsure whether or not JFS will be closed, please call (206) 461-3240.

For Jewish holidays that require it, special holiday food is offered to those who celebrate the holiday. As an example, we give a bag of Passover products to Jewish clients during that holiday. If you keep a kosher kitchen, or have other dietary needs, please discuss your needs with our Food Bank staff.

Other Resources
In addition to our Food Bank, here are some other resources to help you with your food needs:

  • Solid Ground – Food Services: (206) 694-6756
  • Food Stamp Information: 1-877-644-3663
  • Northwest Harvest: (206) 625-0755
  • Beacon Avenue Food Bank: (206) 722-5105
  • St. Mary’s Food Bank: (206) 324-0050
  • Community Information Line: (206) 461-3200
  • Washington Information Network: 2*1*13

Seattle Human Services

Upcoming Events

Parent Support Group

December 13, 2018

Kosher Food Bank

January 2, 2019

Kosher Food Bank

January 2, 2019

NAMI Family Support Group

January 2, 2019

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January 7, 2019