Cherry Street Food Bank

Schedule notice: Cherry Street Food Bank will be closed Wednesday, June 4 and Thursday, June 5 for a staff retreat. 

Baby Day service for that week will be observed on Tuesday, June 3 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. instead of the usual Thursday schedule. Cherry Street Food Bank will reopen at 9 a.m. Friday, June 6 for our regular grocery and PBJ sandwich services.

CSFB clients

Cherry Street Food Bank • 711 Cherry St., Seattle, WA • 206.625.0755

Cherry Street Food Bank schedule
• Monday: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Full-Service: choice of grocery line or sack lunch
• Tuesday: CLOSED
• Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Full-Service: choice of grocery line or sack lunch
• Thursday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Baby Day: For children 5 and under and their families
• Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Grocery line and pre-made sandwiches
• Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED


Besides providing food for over more than 350 partner programs, Northwest Harvest operates the Cherry Street Food Bank in downtown Seattle. Cherry Street is the busiest food bank in the state, serving as many as 5,000 people each week. We serve people of all backgrounds. These are our neighbors in need. As one of our volunteers said, “If you stand here long enough, you'll see yourself walk through that door.”

Many find it difficult to seek help, so we try to make our clients as comfortable as possible, welcoming them with a smile and asking only for enough information to make sure we're meeting client need.

On full-service days, clients choose items such as dry grains, canned goods and fresh produce. Protein products are distributed on the last Monday and Wednesday of each month. Sack lunches are ready for those without cooking facilities. More than 1,200 sack lunch packages, including freshly-made sandwiches, are regularly distributed each Monday and Wednesday.

On Thursdays, Cherry Street Food Bank's Baby Day provides infant formula and jarred baby food for our youngest clients. Diapers distributed when available. The presence of a child or proof of child's age (WIC card, birth certificate, immunization record, etc.) is required to receive Baby Day items.

Proof of address, income or need is never required. Clients are asked only for:
• last name
• total number of people in the family
• number of family members who are infants, children, adults or seniors

Driving Directions:
From I-5 north:
• Take James St exit; head north on 7th Ave.
• Stay in the center lane and cross James St.
• At next light; take a right onto Cherry Street.
• The food bank is mid-block between 7th and 8th Avenues on the south side of Cherry.

From I-5 south:
• Take James St. exit; stay in left lane.
• Turn left at first intersection onto Cherry Street (under freeway).
• Go straight at next intersection (7th Ave).
• The food bank is mid-block between 7th and 8th Avenues on the south side of Cherry.

Public Transit:
Cherry Street Food Bank is accessible on several King County Metro bus routes. For help planning your trip, visit Free transporation may be available on Solid Ground's Downtown Circulator Bus.

Volunteering at Cherry Street Food Bank

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