our story

The Lynnwood Food Bank started in 1978 as Joseph’s Closet in the Lynnwood Church of the Nazarene, now currently known as Silver Creek Family Church. We have been providing grocery supplements to households with a need in Lynnwood for more than 40 years. In 1982 we became a member of the Snohomish County Coalition of Food Banks operating under the church’s non-profit charitable status. In February 2004, the Food Bank incorporated and we were granted our own separate 501(c)(3) status for donor clarification.


After several years of planning and much growth in our services, we opened the doors to our current facility in 2007, located on the back of the property of Silver Creek Family’s Church just steps from where we began serving our community so many years ago.


The Lynnwood Food Bank has a dedicated Board of Directors with active volunteer members from the community, Silver Creek Family Church, and volunteers of the Food Bank. Our food bank director, Alissa Jones, oversees daily operations of the Food Bank. Our volunteers are the backbone of our organization, with an average of 125 volunteers each month providing an average of 2,331 monthly volunteer hours. Volunteers serve in every aspect of the food bank from driving our vehicles to sorting our donations, from distributing our food to providing data entry, and everything in between.


Providing supplemental groceries for our community is possible because of the generosity that also exists in our community. We received 754,835 lbs. of donated food in 2016 in addition to the food we receive from government commodities, Food Lifeline, and Northwest Harvest. We also purchase food with your gifted dollars to balance our groceries out with protein and produce. This allowed us to distribute 1,161,902 lbs. of food in 2016 to 13,113 households and 40,557 people.


Thank you for your support!

our numbers

Fiscal year (7/1/19 – 6/30/20) to date:

 

Individuals

Individuals YTD

Households

Households YTD

Volunteer Hours

Volunteer Hours YTD

July   2019

3,790

3,790

1,404

1,404

3,378

3,378

Aug.  2019

2,973

6,763

1,149

2,553

2,926

6,305

Sep.  2019

2,945

9,708

1,087

3,640

2,640

9,022

Oct. 2019

4,238

13,946

1,635

5,275

3,182

12,335

Nov. 2019

4,962

18,924

1,843

7,119

3,015

15,358

Dec. 2019

3,413

22,449

1,226

8,370

3,619

18,981

Jan. 2020

2,834

25,283

1,121

9,491

2,233

21,218

Feb. 2020

3,416

28,600

1,397

10,875

2,789

24,195

Mar. 2020

3,888

32,608

1,427

12,328

2,552

26,778

April 2020

9,750

42,358

2,678

15,006

6,712

33,505

May 2020

6,854

49,185

1,899

16,900

2,922

36,431

June 2020

5,327

54,512

1,458

18,358

2,451

38,909


Fiscal year (7/1/20 – 6/30/21) to date:

 

Individuals

Individuals YTD

Households

Households YTD

Volunteer Hours

Volunteer Hours YTD

July   2020

9,561

9,561

2,543

2,543

3,569

3,569

Aug. 2020

4,520

14,082

1,297

3,841

2,483

6,076

Sept. 2020

4,850

15,662

1,418

4,510

2,592

8,668

Oct. 2020

5,003

20,665

1,566

6,076

3,323

11,991

Nov. 2020

7,438

28,095

2,113

8,172

3,399

15,399

Dec. 2020

7,664

35,760

2,244

10,431

3,655

19,174

Jan. 2021

8,084

45,094

2,386

13,125

2,634

21,807

Feb. 2021

5,374

51,034

1,721

14,846

2,457

24.365

Mar. 2021

6,390

57,429

2,018

16,864

3,143

27,520

Apr. 2021

5,503

63,819

1,829

18,882

3,111

30,631

May 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 


Calendar Year

2020

2019

2018

2017

Individuals Served

71,090

43,231

39,480

41,391

Households Served

21,158

16,064

13,429

13,060

Volunteer Hours

38,083

35,206

32,752

27,613