Grocery Deliveries | University District Food Bank

September & October food bank volunteer needs

Click here to see our volunteer needs in Seattle this fall

Important event details:

Select a delivery route to ride:

Use the Route Selection Tool links in the sidebar to select a route that you would like to ride. The Route Selection Tool pages are updated monthly.

If you don't see the Route Selection Tool pages make sure that you are logged using your Cascade account. Click here to sign in or create an account.


Meet us on Saturdays at 9am, 9:30am, or 10am.


Meet just outside 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)


Please take healthy precautions by wearing a mask, putting on full finger gloves when handling the grocery bags and use hand sanitizer between every delivery drop off.

Making the deliveries:

Delivering to houses or apartments with external doors: Place the grocery bags on the ground in front of the front door, knock and call out “grocery delivery”, and then step back to a safe distance (around 10 feet). If they don’t open the door immediately then give them a quick phone call letting them know that you are a volunteer with the U District Food Bank food bank and that you are delivering their groceries for the week.

Delivering to apartment buildings: Once you arrive at the apartment building call the phone number provided on the route email telling them that you are from the U District Food Bank and you are delivering their groceries for the week. Ask them if they can come down to collect their groceries or whether they would like to buzz you into the building to put their groceries in front of their door. If you arrive at the apartment building and someone lets you in, go ahead and put the bags in front of the recipient's door, knock, and call out “grocery delivery”.

If you are unable to reach the person who you are delivering to and you are unable to get into the apartment building please place the bags as close as you can to the main apartment building entrance. Everyone who we are delivering groceries to was contacted by the food bank telling them to expect groceries in the late morning on Saturday.

Photos and Stories:

We would love to hear about your delivery stories and see any photos of your deliveries and pantry restocks that you would like to share. Please send any stories, delivery experiences or photos or videos that you would like to share to!

Bike Trailers & Cargo Bikes:

If you indicated that you would like to borrow a bike trailer from us in the sign-up form we will have those trailers for you when you arrive at the U District Food Bank.

For returning the trailer, please drop it back off at the U District Food Bank after your deliveries. Someone will be at the U District Food Bank until 12pm in order to secure the trailers. 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.

Trailer Hitches:

If you are borrowing one of our bike trailers be sure to take the trailer hitch off the bike and put it back on the trailer when you drop off the bike trailer back off at the food bank after your ride!