The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank is committed to providing quality food, clothing and other items to our customers. We have a special emphasis on healthy foods and work hard to get fresh, local produce into the homes of our customers.
Our Clothing Bank is here to provide other essential needs for families: clothing, household items, toiletries and diapers. Ask us about getting your children's needs met.
If greater resources are needed to achieve stability and self-sufficiency, our Case Manager steps in with one-on-one personalized attention to help families navigate the complex maze of available resources.
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From the beginning, it’s been about people helping people.
In 1971, our founder Bob Gray answered a phone call. And that phone call was a request to start a food bank in rural east King County. He answered the call with a "yes" because he saw the need. Bob believed that "if people were hungry, they needed food and they shouldn't have to beg for it." With his vision and leadership our local food and clothing bank and financial assistance program was start. Initially, it was a grassroots effort where neighbors were helping neighbors. We give Bob Gray credit for being a part of laying the foundation for the kind, generous and well-connected community we have today.
In 1982, this grassroots support service effort initiated by Bob and a bunch of volunteers received it's nonprofit 501(c)3 status and became Issaquah Valley Community Services. It was a time when a group of compassionate seniors from the Issaquah Valley Senior Center saw that other seniors at the center needed food, so they simply began buying it. Issaquah Valley Community Services was created to more efficiently distribute more food.
A program to provide needed food was organized and was so successful that it quickly outgrew the Senior Center. With the city’s permission, the program moved to the old School Administration building until 1992. Soon after, a Clothing Bank was added near the Community Center.
Seeing the need to bring both banks together, the city bought a large truck repair shop which is the current home of the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.
Today the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank provides support to hundreds of families each week. We now provide case management, youth feeding programs, Groceries to Go food delivery program, holiday gift programs, school supplies, toiletries and more to local families in need of a helping hand.