Because no one deserves to be hungry.

Current Events

Upcoming Events

Holiday Giving Campaign- We are quickly approaching the holidays and our Holiday Giving Campaign will begin October 15th - Dec 14th. Additional information will be coming in the next few weeks. Please consider donating at this time.


Maple Valley Street Rats- The Maple Valley Street Rats will be hosting Friday Night Cruisin at the Covington Walmart. Starting the first Friday in May (5/6/2016) to the last Friday in September (9/30/2016) from 4 PM to 8 PM. Entry is free but they will be collecting canned goods throughout the summer to benefit local food banks. Cruise in and enjoy the beautiful cars, people and music!




Recent Events

Mayors' Day of Concern For The Hungry- Saturday, September 17th was the Mayors' Day of Concern. The food bank joined forces with Maple Valley's Mayor, Sean Kelly and Covington's Mayor Jeff Wagner and several Council Members from both cities. We set up food collection sites at QFC in Maple Valley and Safeway stores in Maple Valley and Covington and they manned them along with food bank volunteers. We received 1,563 pounds of food and $1390 in donations. Thank you to everyone involved.

School Supply Backpack Program- August 29th was our yearly backpack give away. Through generous donations from local individuals, churches and businesses we were able to give away 566 backpacks to children that come from low income households. The backpacks were full of the school supplies they needed to get their new school year started. Thank you to all who gave of their time and money to make this a success. 

Maple Valley Days: Friday night of Maple Valley Days is always a fun time for us, at the food bank and we look forward to it every year. This year we raised $98 and collected 1797 pounds of non-perishable food items. Thank you to all who attended and gave!

Stamp Out Hunger-Between the generous people in the Maple Valley area and the Ravensdale area, the Letter Carriers collected 7,085 lbs of food. Thank you to all who were involved for your time and your kindness.

Stuff the Bus -Tahoma Classified Employees held their annual food drive at QFC Wilderness Village. They were able to raise $574 and 1,375 lbs of food. Thank you to all who participated.

MV Windermere - Carla Clark Results Team held their annual Community Recycling & Shredding Event food drive. Thanks to our generous community, they were able to raise $500 and 176 lbs of food.

Scouting for Food -Boy Scouts gathered up 3,525 lbs of food from neighborhoods across our community 

Tahoma School District Food Drive - District wide food drive collecting 9,550 lbs of food


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 2015, 600 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, 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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