Because no one deserves to be hungry.

Current Events

Upcoming Events

Mayor's Day of Concern for the Hungry

Covington and Maple Valley City Councils proclaim Saturday, September 27, 2014, the Mayor's Day of Concern for the Hungry. Donations will be collected at participating local grocers between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. 

Maple Valley Street Rats Car Club

Will be collecting non-perishable food and monetary donations for our food bank at Friday Night Cruise In gatherings, Fridays, May 2 - September 26, at Covington Walmart. 

Covington and Maple Valley Libraries & Greater Maple Valley Community Center

Non-perishable food donations for our agency can always be dropped off at these convenient locations.

Recent Events

LDS Church Day of Service Food Drives

May Valley Latter-Day Saints congregations will be collected 925 pounds of non-perishable food donations at store fronts and neighborhoods on September 13.

School Supply Backpack Program 

Thanks to tremendous community support, over 600 local students received new backpacks filled with new, grade-level appropriate supplies in time for back to school!
Many thanks to these community collection sites:

  • Bank of America, Wilderness Village
  • Covington Library
  • Covington MultiCare
  • Greater Maple Valley Community Center
  • Key Bank, Four Corners
  • MV Fire Station #80 & #81
  • Maple Valley Fitness
  • Maple Valley Library
  • Thrive Community Fitness

  • City Perk Coffee, Maple Valley
  • Surfrider Coffee, Covington
  • There Ya Go Espresso, Maple Valley

New Life Church of Renton & Maple Valley

New Life Church congregations donated 215 school supply filled backpacks to our program. 

MOD Pizza Grand Opening

New neighbor, MOD Pizza, donated 100% of opening day pizza sales - $4368 - to our Food Bank!

VanFest Music Festival Food Drive

Over 250 pounds of food was donated by local music enthusiasts, August 16 at Royal Arch Park in Maple Valley.

Grocery Outlet Independence from Hunger July Food Drive

Raised 2531 pounds of food and $1668 !

Concert on Lake Lucerne

Many thanks to Dennis & Terry Higashiyama and their friends and neighbors for raising over $2600 for the food bank at their July 19 benefit concert!

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 2013, 526 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, 680 Thanksgiving and 608 Christmas family meals were distributed in 2013.

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 2013 we were able to provide at least 3 gifts per child to grateful parents of 1046 local children.

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