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We currently provide groceries, toiletries, masks and pet food in a no-contact, socially-distanced manner.

Polack Food Bank

We serve anyone in the Puget Sound region’s Jewish community as well as people of all backgrounds.

Due to COVID-19 social distancing precautions, we’ve moved to a pre-bagged model to limit interactions between volunteers, staff and clients and to ensure safety for all. In accordance with best current safety practices, the food bank has temporarily paused all monthly home deliveries by volunteers. We have partnered with Access Transportation who will be completing these deliveries instead, on our behalf. During COVID-19, we are open to everyone regardless of zip codes. 

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Polack Food Bank Hours

Monday, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
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.

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.

Learn More About the Polack Food Bank

  • 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.
  • 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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