The mission of the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank is to provide basic needs to our community members to promote self-sufficiency. We believe that food is a right, not a privilege.
The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank is a crucial center of support for approximately 6,000 people in our region. Our food bank service area covers a 110 square mile radius (the 98027, 98029, 98059, and 98075 zip codes), and our clothing bank service area reaches an expanded 16 zip code radius, providing clothing, hygiene and baby items, and case management services. We provide free food and basic needs resources to help people gain and maintain stable housing, employment, and overall health. We also deliver food regularly to over 200 homes for those who are unable to travel to the food bank, as well as providing supplemental nutrition for students on the weekends and over school breaks.
Feeding America reports that approximately 9,000 people in our food bank service area are food insecure. In 2022, we are serving 50% more people than we did pre-pandemic and the demand for our resources continues to increase . As prices for basic needs - including groceries, housing, and gas - have increased, our food bank community members are especially in need of help accessing the more expensive, higher nutrition food items, like fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy, and meat. Because of our commitment to providing these types of higher value, nutritious items, we spend a significant portion of our budget on fresh food. For example, we spend over $5,000 a WEEK on produce alone. Our shoppers are deeply grateful to have a healthy selection of food to feed their families:
"Fruits and vegetables are a great source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and help maintain good
health. Therefore, when these are available it makes me happy because I know my family of 7 will be well fed
and will get the most balanced nutrition. Especially, my little picky eaters won’t go hungry when they refuse to eat meat. Availability
of produce helps my family to pack nutritious lunches for school every week as well (my kiddos don’t like to eat school
food at all, so we have to pack our own lunches). Thank you for your helping hand!"
Yana, Family of 7
Your support during GiveBIG will help us to purchase those higher priced, higher nutritional value food items, including produce, eggs, cheese, yogurt, and meat. Thank you for being a part of our story!
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