North Helpline’s food bank serves the residents of the 98115, 98125, 98133, 98155, 98177, 98011, and 98028. We do not turn anyone away who comes to us for food. To visit our food bank clients need to register for a food bank card.

Food Bank Hours

Wednesday 10 am – 1 pm
Thursday 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Saturday 10 am – 11 am (senior and disabled clients)
11 am -1 pm (all clients)


 How to get a food bank card

To register for the food bank please bring the following items for every member of the household to the Emergency Services office any time during Food Bank Hours.

For Adults (18 year and older)

  • Picture ID (driver’s license or passport)
  • Proof of address (a piece of mail)
  • Proof of Disability if applicable (Bus pass, SSDI, etc)

Children 0 – 17 years old just need some sort of identification (driver’s license, medical card, school ID, social security card, Passport, Birth Certificate etc)


How to visit the food bank

Once a client has a Food Bank card they can use the Food Bank. The entrance to North Helpline Food Bank is at the south end of the building, at the top of the driveway. Clients walk down a short breezeway, and enter the Food Bank through a door on the left. Occasionally bags or boxes are available, but we advise clients to bring their own shopping bags if they have them.

A check-in computer is located just inside the door, where clients present their North Helpline Food Bank Card to receive services. All clients are asked to keep their Food Bank Card accessible, and show it to volunteers working on the distribution line, as the number of family members determines the amount of food families are eligible to receive.

North Helpline maintains two distribution lines, and clients can choose one or the other. Each line has the same categories of food, and every care is taken to ensure that the selections on each line are comparable.

We understand that North Helpline serves a wide variety of family sizes, dietary needs, and taste preferences. We aim to provide an appropriate amount of food for all.


What if I lose or forget my card?

Clients who do not have their card with them when they visit the Food Bank will need to see Emergency Services to get a temporary or replacement card before going through the food bank line.


No Cook

No Cook Bags are available specifically for homeless clients. Each bag contains a drink, canned fruit, an entrée (like soup or chili), snacks, and a fork. Homeless clients can receive up to one No Cook Bag per day.