Food Lifeline

Mission: Food Lifeline's mission is to stop people from going hungry by applying ingenuity to this largely logistical problem.

Food Lifeline approaches hunger as a logistical problem that can be solved.

Working with the food industry and its surpluses, Food Lifeline comes up with creative solutions to stopping hunger, including redirecting good food from manufacturers, farmers, grocery stores and restaurants that might otherwise go to waste. They provide 88,000 meals a day to local food assistance programs, and that, combined with our policy work, creates a sustainable approach to stopping hunger. 

Category: Food Security

Food Lifeline is regularly recognized for their innovative programs, such as Grocery Rescue, Seattle’s Table and Mobile Food Pantry which are finding new and sustainable ways to redirect surplus food to people in need.

This wholesome food then goes out to the 275 members of their food program network. These food banks, food pantries, hot meal programs, shelters and after-school programs have all been certified by Food Lifeline to meet the highest standards for client care and food safety. 

Founded in 1979, Food Lifeline is led by a board of directors that represents our community and the food industry. Food Lifeline employs a staff of around 70 people, from truck drivers to food industry specialists, who all bring a passion to stopping hunger to their work.

Food Lifeline is a proud member of the Feeding America network. This relationship allows Food Lifeline to bring hunger-stopping best practices, relationships with national food brands and food surpluses from sister agencies back to Western Washington.


Events We Have Partnered On:
Food Lifeline - March 4, 2017
Food Lifeline - February 4, 2017

Food Sorting at Food Lifeline - December 3, 2016
Food Sorting at Food Lifeline - November 5, 2016
Food Sorting at Food Lifeline - October 1, 2016
Food Sorting at Food Lifeline - September 3, 2016
Food Sorting at Food Lifeline - June 4, 2016
Food Sorting at Food Lifeline - May 7, 2016
Neighborhood Expo - April 6, 2016
Food Sorting at Food Lifeline - April 2, 2016
Food Sorting at Food Lifeline - March 5, 2016
Food Sorting at Food Lifeline - February 6, 2016

Food Sorting at Food Lifeline - June 4, 2011

Yelp Helps - October 21, 2010

Other Ways to Get Involved:

Wondering how you can make a difference in stopping hunger here in Western Washington? Food Lifeline makes it easy for you to make a difference and help your hungry neighbors.

Donate Funds: Did you know that with every $1 you give Food Lifeline can provide five meals to a person in need? Donating funds to Food Lifeline is a smart and efficient way to ensure the most nutritious food is getting to your neighbors in need every day.

Volunteer your time: Join the nearly 10,000 people a year who give their time. Food Lifeline has year-round volunteer opportunities, including repackaging food for the food pantries and helping with community events.

Host a Food Drive: Whether you want to collect cans or run your food drive virtually, Food Lifeline has all the tools you need to hold a successful Food & Fund Drive. Food drives are great year-round and show your company or civic group’s commitment to helping people in need.

Raise your voice: Ending hunger takes a comprehensive approach, including strong public assistance food programs. Food Lifeline’s public policy team can send you special advocacy alerts with thorough directions on how you can affect policies and advocate for your neighbors in need.