UW Combined Fund Drive

2020 Featured Charity: Northwest Harvest

Socially distanced volunteers unload donations. Photo: Northwest Harvest

Northwest Harvest is Washington’s own statewide hunger relief agency. Their mission is leading the fight for hungry people statewide to have access to nutritious food while respecting their dignity and promoting good health. Their vision is ending hunger in Washington.

Read about Northwest Harvest’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Northwest Harvest is the only nonprofit food bank distributor operating statewide in Washington with a network of 375 food banks, meal programs and high-need schools. Through this network, they provide nearly 2 million meals every month, serving people in need in every county in Washington.

Northwest Harvest relies on donations to help them achieve their mission. Every penny of their food and operating funds comes from individuals, businesses, foundations and other organizations, and 90 cents of every dollar donated  goes directly to food distribution.

The number of people using food banks has doubled and one in four people in Washington are going hungry, according to a new report from Northwest Harvest. The state’s hunger rate is much higher than originally expected.

As of May, close to 2 million residents don’t have adequate food. “Depending on when we peak and how much more unemployment we see, we think that peak number will increase to 2.2 million people during the peak months of food insecurity.”

Support Northwest Harvest through payroll deduction

Volunteering

Northwest Harvest SODO Community Market. Seattle, WA. August 19, 2019. Photo by Danny Ngan.

Northwest Harvest is in urgent need of healthy volunteers. There are open volunteer shifts at three of our locations across the state: Yakima Distribution Center, Spokane Distribution Center and SODO Community Market:

Sort, package and distribute food to food bank clients
Shifts are flexible and average 2 to 3 hours
Groups up to 5
Monday and Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.
Thursday and Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Volunteers making PB & J sandwiches at the Cherry Street distribution center. Photo: Northwest Harvest

Sandwich Brigade
Each shift makes over 1,200 fresh sandwiches for sack lunches.
Groups up to 5
Monday and Wednesday: 8-10 a.m.
All volunteers must be scheduled in advance.

Please complete a Northwest Harvest volunteer application including your preferred job or jobs. For more information, email volunteer@northwestharvest.org or call 206.923.7453, unless otherwise noted.

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