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How do I sign up to receive food?

The Ferndale Food Bank serves our low income seniors, neighbors, and those in crisis living in the Ferndale/Custer, WA area (generally the Ferndale school district boundaries). Single individuals and families can visit once a week for as long as assistance is needed. Folks typically leave with up to 60 pounds of nutritious food. Please bring a piece of identification (simply your photo with your name) and a Ferndale or Custer area utility bill containing your address with a zip code 98248, 98226, 98230, 98231, or 98240.

When can I drop off donations?

We accept monetary and food donations, Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 8:00am to Noon.  Should you want to drop something off outside of these times, please call the food bank director at 360-223-0788.

What do I need to know about food donations?

We can accept nonperishable food items up to one year past the sell-by date.  After much research, we have determined that beyond that date the nutritional value and quality is compromised.  Baby food must be distributed before the sell-by date ALWAYS.

We cannot accept home canned veggies or jams.  Gosh, we wish we could!  If you are a home canner, would you consider giving a workshop to our clients so that they can apply this useful craft in their own homes?  Give us a call!

Is it best to donate food or money?

All donations help us to fulfill our mission of providing nutritional assistance to those living with food insecurity.  Your monetary donations go a long way in helping us to add perishable items like dairy, fresh produce and frozen protein into our distribution.

What kind of volunteer jobs are available?

There is always something to do at the food bank.  Most of the tasks in the warehouse require that you be able to lift 25 pounds.  We also sort and display produce, repackage bulk donations and face-to-face interactions with the clients.  Stop on by the food bank and we’ll give you a tour and see where we can plug you in!

Click here for a printable volunteer application!

What kind of regularly scheduled programs do you offer?

The Ferndale Food Bank regularly hosts Community Meals, Crockpot Cooking Classes, and Pancake Breakfasts.  Contact us for more information on how to attend or volunteer at these community events!