Farmers Market Rescue | University District Food Bank

This month's food bank volunteer needs

Important event details:

When:

Meet us on Saturdays at 1:40pm.

Where:

Meet just inside of the large garage door in front of the U District Food Bank.

The Address of of the food bank is 5017 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105 (map)

What to bring:

  • Mask (for your safety we recommend wearing a mask at the Farmers Market)
  • Gardening gloves if you have them (for handling the donated produce)

How:

After everyone arrives we will hook up bike trailers (if needed), put on volunteer name tags and ride on over to the market information stand at the U District Farmers Market (map). It will only be about a 5 minute ride from the food bank to the farmers market.

  • Our goal is to arrive at the farmers market about 5 minutes before the market closes at 2pm
  • Check in with the market staff.
  • Walk around to each vendor to check in and drop off a yellow bin with them.
  • Circle back to each vendor after about 5 minutes to pick up the bins that are filled with the produce that they would like to donate.
  • After that we'll load our bikes up and ride back to the U District Food Bank where we’ll weigh everything that we picked up and move it into the walk-in refrigerator so that it can be immediately used to provide food for our neighbors who are experiencing food insecurity on Sunday and Monday.
  • Our final and most important goal is to have fun while learning more about our local food system and the folx involved in it!

Safety:

Please take healthy precautions by wearing a mask, putting on full finger gloves when handling the boxes and packaged food and use hand sanitizer before and after the food rescue.

Bike Trailers:

All of the donated produce will be given to us in yellow bins that are about the size of a banana box. Because of this it is recommended that you use a bike trailer for this rescue. Fortunately we have a whole fleet of bike trailers available for our volunteers to use for just this very occasion!

For returning the trailer, please drop it back off with me at the U District Food Bank after the food rescue pick-up. If for any reason you are unable to drop the trailer back off please don't hesitate to call me at my phone number below and we'll figure out a way for you to get the trailer back to me.

Contact info for if you have any questions:

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to call or text me at 206-915-2381, otherwise please email me at maxwellb@cascadebicycleclub.org or respond to this email.