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Help us sustain our food supply so that the Food Bank can continue distributing groceries to those in need three days a week! Encourage shoppers to buy a few extra cans of food to donate to North Helpline and work alongside other passionate volunteers.

Distribution Needs
We are open three days a week for food distribution. On these days, volunteers are needed to hand out food, restock food on the line, carry groceries to cars, assist with line-control, registration and some sorting.

Shifts are:

Wednesday: 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Thursday: 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Saturday: 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Sorting Needs
Volunteers are needed to bag produce and fruit and may also assist with bagging bulk items such as rice, dog food, potatoes, etc. Bread and pastry must also be sorted. Food must be bagged, sorted and put away. Muscle is also needed to off-load the trucks.
Shift is:

Friday: 8:00AM to 12:00PM

Help us pick up donations at local grocery stores. We are looking for volunteers who are available Saturday and weekday mornings. Stores include our neighborhood QFC, Safeway, Fred Meyer, Starbucks, Panera, and other grocery outlets. This is a commitment of about one hour for every store. Volunteers must be able to lift 50 lbs and should have a large car, van or truck to carry the items picked up. Volunteers who pick up from a Starbucks store will be asked to re-package the pastries. Training will be provided.

Volunteers are needed to provide assistance in Emergency Services three to four times a month. Volunteers will be assisting clients either in person or on the telephone with services such as: financial assistance to prevent evictions and utility shut offs, emergency food, hygiene items, baby cupboard distribution, referrals to other agencies and organizations and counseling as needed.

This program requires a commitment of at least six months. This group of volunteers works on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 9:30 AM until they are through, approximately 2:00 PM. This service is performed by three people each day and is open to the public from 10:00 AM until 1:30 PM. Training will also be provided.

Please contact volunteer coordinator, Caleb Smith, at 206.367.3477 or email at

Thank you for your support!

Caleb Smith, Volunteer Coordinator



North Helpline Food Bank Phone: 206.367.3477 North Helpline Emergency Services Phone: 206.365.8043 email: