Because no one deserves to be hungry.

Current Events

Recent Events

Recently, Maple Valley Food Bank & Emergency Services was presented with a $10,000 donation by the new Marshall's and HomeGoods store in Covington. When you have the opportunity, please tell them, "Thank you" for their generosity.

Boy Scouts of America- Held their annual Scouting For Food food drive on March 18th. They collected 2734 pounds of food and $15. Thank you Boy Scouts of America!!

Tahoma School District Food Drive- The Tahoma School District collected 12,232 pounds of food. Cedar River Middle School, alone, collected 3,682 pounds!!

Hunger Hustle 5K- Kaden Gustin hosted the Hunger Hustle 5K as an Eagle Scout project. His event collected 769 lbs of food, $25 in gift cards and $15 in cash donations. 

Maple Valley Family Circle hosted a movie night. The admission was non-perishable food items and they collected 341 lbs of food 

Jason Arterburn held a food drive for his Eagle Scout project and collected 463 lbs of food.

Rock Creek Elementary kindergarten classes held a food drive to mark 100 days of classes. They collected 586 lbs of food. 

Upcoming Events


"Lettuce" Garden to Share Program- Beginning April 1st - October 1st. This is our annual gardening program. If you have extra vegetable plants, seeds or produce please donate them to the food bank.

 

Stamp Out Hunger- The 25th annual Letter Carriers' food drive is Saturday, May 13, 2017


Maple Valley Days- Friday, June 9th. 






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

In July 2013, Maple Valley Food Bank and Emergency Services implemented a grocery store shopping system, which lets our customers select food based on preference and need. The system 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 three 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 Summer Food Program

In the months of July and August, households with school-age children receive an extra food bank visit to help offset the loss free/reduced price breakfasts and lunches offered at school. 

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 2016, 566 children received packs.  Flyer


Holiday Food 

In both November and December, customers receive additional holiday food during one of their regular shopping visits.  Thanks to generous community support, 569 Thanksgiving and 501 Christmas family meals were distributed in 2016.

Children's Christmas Gift Program

Each 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 2016 we were able to provide at least 3 gifts per child to grateful parents of 939 local children.

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