Because no one deserves to be hungry.

Current Events

Current and Recent Events

Holiday Gift Program: We were able to help 1076 children have a great Christmas. Thank you for your generosity and partnering with us to make this program a success. 

Backpack Program 2017: We gave out over 500 backpacks full of supplies this year. The program was a great success thanks to our community members who donated their time and money. 
Upcoming Events

Tahoma School Food Drive - March 5th - 16th

Empty Bowls Fundraiser - March 2nd- This is our 1st annual fundraiser.

Stuff The Bus - May 5th

Stamp Out Hunger - May 12th

Maple Valley Days - June 8th

School Supply Drive - June 25th

Backpack Distribution -  August 27th

Holiday Food/Gift Drive Begins - October 15th

Holiday Gift Distribution - December 15th & 16th

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. Twice a month dedicated volunteers fill boxes of food and deliver to those families in need.

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Additional Programs

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 2017, 566 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, 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 13-18 years of age  (18 yr old MUST still be in school). Registered parents choose from a bounty of NEW stuffed animals, toys, clothing and more. In 2017 we were able to provide at least 3 gifts per child to grateful parents of 1076 local children.

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