Because no one deserves to be hungry.

Current Events

Upcoming Events

Maple Valley Community Easter Egg Hunt

Enjoy the Easter festivities and bring a canned food donation, Saturday, April 19, 10 am sharp, Lake Wilderness Park

DSHS Mobile Community Service Office

Will be onsite, Tuesday, May 6, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. At this event, you can: apply for Cash and Basic Food Assistance; Child Care Services; drop off paperwork; complete an Eligibility Review; Mid-Certification Review; or make changes to an existing case.

Stamp Out Hunger

National Association of Letter Carriers' annual food drive, Saturday, May 10.

Recent Events

Boy Scout Pack 711 Food Drive

Brought in 624 pounds of food and $211 from the Grocery Outlet storefront drive on March 29.

Scouting for Food

Boy Scout Packs 461, 506, 594 & 712 and Troops 594, 711 & 945 gathered and delivered 4702 pounds of food and $125 on March 22 for Boy Scout's annual, nation-wide, neighborhood food drive!

Cedar River Middle School Food Drive

Yielded 1792 pounds of food.

Tahoma Middle School Food Drive

Brought in 3766 pounds of food.

Nicholas Kinney's Run, Walk, Ride Food Drive

March 8 event brought in 355 pounds of food and $90.

Senior Project Fun Run

Brought 133 pounds of food and $400 into our agency.

Get a Bartell Drugs 'B' Caring Card 

Visit Bartell Drugs to register for their e-Scrip 'B' Caring Card and up to 4% of your purchases will be automatically donated to Maple Valley Food Bank & Emergency Services.

Emergency Services

Our agency provides direct financial aid to those qualified households who are in need of help with utility disconnect notices, eviction notices, move in costs, prescription drugs, medical bills, bus passes, and other emergency needs. In addition, we are an outreach for the LIHEAP and PSE programs, which helps low income households with winter heating cost and PSE bills. Need Help?

Food Bank has a Grocery Style Shopping System

Maple Valley Food Bank and Emergency Services has recently implemented a grocery store shopping system, which lets our customers select food based on preference and need. The store follows the USDA MyPlate Nutrition Guide which allows our customers to choose balanced nutritious meals.  With this distribution model we have been able to increase the amount of food to local families by 60% and give more variety and choices in each of the food groups.  Our agency has committed to providing the Standard Minimum Unit of Services adopted and monitored by the South King County Coalition of Food Banks.  We purchase produce weekly to ensure we can provide healthy foods to our customers and meet and exceed this standard.  In addition, we are the distribution site for the USDA Government Commodities Program for our service area.  

How it works.  Households who live in our service area and in need of food can use our food bank two times a month.  On each visit they are given points to be spent in the following categories:  Protein, Grains, Vegetables, Soups, Fruits, Meats, Dairy, Fresh Produce, Breads and Misc items.  Points are determined by household size.  

With our new grocery store families can plan their meals for days ahead and shop in a more familiar atmosphere. We feel it empowers those we serve and allows them to shop in a more dignified and respectful manner.  

An example of what would be available for a shopping visit: 

  • Pancake mix
  • Peanut butter
  • Vegetables 
  • Fruit 
  • Stew/Chili
  • Canned Meat (tuna, salmon, spam) 
  • Soups  
  • Tomato product 
  • Oatmeal/ cereal
  • Macaroni and Cheese  
  • Pasta
  • Beans
  • Rice
  • Seasoning Packages 
  • Fresh Eggs
  • Fresh Milk
  • Meat

Baby Cupboard: Families with babies have access to items such as baby food, formula, diapers, and miscellaneous baby items.

Homebound: For those families who have been identified as homebound, we have developed a home delivery system. Each month dedicated volunteers fill boxes of food and deliver to those families in need.

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Additional Programs

Children's Christmas Gift Program

In December, we create a festive Christmas gift center filled with new, donated gifts for children, birth to 12 years of age and gift cards for 13-15 year olds. Registered parents choose from a bounty of NEW stuffed animals, toys, clothing and more. In 2013 we were able to provide at least 3 gifts per child to grateful parents of 1046 local children.

Holiday Food 

In both November and December, customers receive additional holiday food during one of their regular shopping visits.  Thanks to generous community support, 680 Thanksgiving and 608 Christmas family meals were distributed in 2013.

School Supply Backpack Program

Each August, we distribute sturdy, new backpacks stuffed with new, grade-level appropriate school supplies for K-12 students. Just in time for a new year of learning! In 2013, 526 children received the packs.

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