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. Metro bus #’s 10, 12, 43 run in close proximity to the site. Please call for directions to the Eastside Food Bank.

Who We Serve

The Jewish Family Service Food Bank is a member of the Seattle Food Committee. We serve people of all backgrounds who live in zip codes 98121, 98122, 98101, 98112…as well as providing kosher food for those in the Jewish community who request it.

Kosher Food Bank

JFS is offering a special Food Bank opportunity for families who keep a kosher kitchen. A representative from Seattle’s Va’ad Harabanim will be present on-site earlier in the day to oversee the set up of the food items to be offered. 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 our Program. Often a volunteer will be in training.  Please be patient as the volunteer becomes familiar with our procedures. Occasionally we may recruit new volunteers. If you see a notice posted, please consider helping out if you are available.

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.

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

Upcoming Events

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