Because no one deserves to be hungry.

Current Events

Upcoming Events

Tahoma School District Food Drive

Annual district wide food drive March 9-20.

Scouting for Food

Local Boy Scouts will be collecting non-perishable food from various neighborhoods on Saturday, March 21. Look for door hangers March 14. Leave donations on your doorstep on March 21, and the Scouts will do the rest!

Recent Events

Maple Valley Bar & Grill

January pre-opening, menu tasting benefit was a hit, bringing $3,035 into our agency.

Holiday Giving

Generous donations from businesses, churches, schools, clubs, families and individuals across our community, and the efforts of about 200 volunteers, provided Thanksgiving dinner food for the tables of 635 local households, Christmas dinner for 587 families, and Christmas gifts for 1,074 local children!

Jerry Woods Holiday Engine

The Holiday Engine team and Maple Valley Fire Department have outdone themselves, again this season. They brought holiday cheer to area neighborhoods each weekend in December, while bringing in 20,103 pounds of food and $11,228 to support the work of our agency.

Kent School District Food Drive

Thanks to Kent SD faculty, students and families for bringing in 8,660 pounds of food in December.

Tahoma School District Gift Drive

Thanks to ALL the Tahoma schools for amazing support of our children's Christmas gift drive!

Lake Wilderness Country Club Community Lights Food Drive

The annual, neighborhood festivities brought in $4,073 and 1036 pounds of food!  

Hometeam Harvest Food Drive

Many thanks to the Covington and Maple Valley Safeway customers and staff who supported this holiday season drive.

Bring Hope To The Table

Our thanks to the Maple Valley QFC customers and staff who supported this Thanksgiving - New Years, pre-bagged food drive.

City of Maple Valley Tree Lighting

Thanks to the City and donors for food collected during this joyful, community event.

Spreading MODness

Mod Pizza in Maple Valley donated $1 to our agency for every MOD or MEGA pizza sold, November 25 - 30, for a total of $1939!

Washington Workwear

Donated $662 from their Georgia Boots fundraiser in November.

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 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 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 2014, 615 children received packs.

Holiday Food 

In both November and December, customers receive additional holiday food during one of their regular shopping visits.  Thanks to generous community support, 635 Thanksgiving and 587 Christmas family meals were distributed in 2014.

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 2014 we were able to provide at least 3 gifts per child to grateful parents of 1074 local children.

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