Polack Food Bank

We serve anyone in the Puget Sound region’s Jewish community and people of all backgrounds who live in the Capitol Hill neighborhood and surrounding zip codes. Services include an onsite consumer-choice experience, a monthly Kosher Food Bank, a home delivery program for older adults and other homebound individuals, a monthly Eastside Food Bank, a pantry at Seattle Central College, and monthly cooking classes. The Polack Food Bank is located on Capitol Hill in Seattle at 16th Avenue and E. Pine Street, across from the 7-Eleven. Please call for directions to the Eastside Food Bank.

Contact us at fb@jfsseattle.org or (206) 461-3240.

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Polack Food Bank Hours

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

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The Polack Food Bank is a member of the Seattle Food Committee and operates on a consumer-choice model. This means that people select the food they prefer from among the available choices. Typically, people 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.

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We offer a monthly cooking class in the Polack Food Bank.

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Learn More About the Polack Food Bank

  • Service Area & Zip Codes

    The Polack Food Bank serves anyone in the Puget Sound region’s Jewish community and people of all backgrounds who live in the Capitol Hill neighborhood and surrounding zip codes:

    • 98101
    • 98102
    • 98104
    • 98112
    • 98121
    • 98122

    Live outside those zip codes?

  • Kosher Food Bank
    JFS offers a Kosher Food Bank opportunity for families who keep a kosher kitchen. Expect to take home about 30 pounds of groceries including perishables. Dates vary, see calendar. Advance registration required for each event.
  • Jewish Holidays

    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.

  • 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.
  • ID/Intake

    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.

  • 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 need more information, please call (206) 461-3240.

  • SNAP/Food Stamp Assistance

    JFS can provide assistance to help people sign-up for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, also known as food stamps.

  • Food Bank Action Plan

    To improve the health of our community and to help end hunger, we are committed to goals that promote food justice in our community. Read the Polack Food Bank Action Plan.

  • Current Facts and Figures

    Learn more about the facts, figures and needs of the Food Bank with this fact sheet.

  • 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.

Funding for this program is supported in part by the City of Seattle Sweetened Beverage Tax.
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