Basic Needs

Byrd Barr Place
African American Health Initiative

Byrd Barr Place, a Community Action Agency in Seattle, formed a coalition of social service agencies specializing in African American constituencies to explore the needs and motivations of Black families. Health Initiative grants allow BBP to develop, implement, and champion strategies that strengthen the health of African Americans in Seattle and King County.

Stanwood Camano Food Bank:
Refrigerated Truck for Food Collection

Stanwood Camano Food Bank Services provides basic needs assistance for impoverished and underserved families and individuals in rural and suburban areas of Camano Island and northwestern Snohomish County. A refrigerated truck, funded by grants, helped expand their range of food collection and collect a wider variety and quantity of food.

Kids KlosetArlington Kids Kloset:
New Staff for Student Support Program

AKK provides new and gently used clothing and personal hygiene products to students in northern Snohomish County. Community members typically contribute over 3,000 hours annually to this volunteer-run program. Grant funds are allowing AKK to hire their first Executive Director staff position to provide leadership and organization for day to day operations, as well as community outreach, fundraising, long term planning, and strategic growth.

Arlington Food Bank:
New Food Bank Building

For years the Arlington Community Food Bank was housed in an old office building that was grossly inadequate for emergency food storage and distribution. Located next to the river, it was frequently in danger of flooding during high water. The City donated land for a new facility, and with the help of grant funding the Food Bank will soon break ground on a new 5,000 sq ft facility.

Bread of Life Mission:
Life Change Program for Homeless Men

Homelessness continues to be a large and growing problem in Seattle. Bread of Life, which is located in the heart of Pioneer Square, provides shelter, food, basic necessities, and an opportunity for men to recover from addictions through the LifeChange Recovery Program. Grant funds are allowing the Mission to hire counselors, instructors, and managers to double the capacity of this life-changing program in the upcoming year


Centerstone of Seattle:
Capital Campaign for Building Purchase

For more than 50 years the Central District has been recognized as an area of extreme poverty in Seattle, and needs in the community led to the creation of Centerstone in 1964. All of their services, including a food bank serving more than 10,000/year, are based out of an historic 1909 fire station. Seattle has agreed to sell the historic building to Centerstone, and with grant funds making ownership a real possibility they have plans to renovate the space to add programs to serve a greater number of low-income clients.

Gifts From the Heart:
Food Bank Van

A panel van was purchased for Gifts From the Heart Food Bank that is capable of transporting large quantities of food from the Seattle area to feed hungry people in Coupeville and Greenbank.