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This spring, the coronavirus pandemic led to the biggest unemployment spike in U.S. history. Even before COVID-19, 12% of King County adults experienced food insecurity. According to a King County report, “research has estimated that for every 1 percentage-point increase in the unemployment rate, there is 0.52 percentage-point increase in the food insecurity rate.”
The same King County report shares that “higher food insecurity is experienced by adults between the ages of 25-44, adults in households with children, Hispanic adults, low-income adults, and adults living in South King County.”
To help support families and individuals facing uncertainty and food insecurities, local organizations and members of the faith community have regularly scheduled grocery giveaways. This support is in addition to the Auburn Food Bank, a staple resource in the community.
Auburn Food Bank (930 18th Place NE Auburn): Mon, Tues, Thu, Fri: 9am – 1pm
Help Northwest (404 22nd St SE #D, Auburn): Open 7 days a week from 9 AM to 9 PM
Algona/Pacific Food Pantry (603 3rd Place Southeast, Pacific): Tuesday 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Washington 211: Free meals and food pantries information, call 211.
Auburn School District: The ASD is providing breakfast and lunch for all children ages 1-18. No paperwork is required and adults may pick up meals for children. In addition to serving at all schools between 11:10 and 12:40, we are delivering to select bus stops throughout the ASD. (click for bus schedule)
The meal window at the Pacific Community Centers (100 3rd Ave. S. E. Pacific) for ASD meals is 11:30 am-1:00 pm Monday-Friday. Pick up a Pack the Pack bag Fridays as well for snacks over the weekend.
Auburn Seventh-Day Adventist Church (402 29th St SE, Auburn), 8:00 am-1:00 pm: Free groceries, available until supplies run out. There will likely be a long line, that is for the COVID-19 testing (this location is different than the King County/VRFA location).
Messiah Food Bank (Messiah Lutheran Church, 410 H St NE Auburn) 9:00-10:00 am: Messiah’s food bank is open each Wednesday morning from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. The food bank is open to all who choose to come with no restrictions on income. During the Covid-19 pandemic, food is available in pre-packaged, grab-and-go containers. Only Messiah Food Bank Volunteers are allowed in the building.
Hogar De Fe & Crossway Church (209 M St NE, Auburn), 4:30 pm: Drive-up, contactless food bank. Name and phone number requested.
Open Doors Baptist Church Food Bank (25440 Pacific Hwy S, Kent), 4:00-6:00 pm: Groceries available, with no documents required.
Overcomer Covenant Church (33415 Military Rd S Auburn), 3:00-6:00 pm: Prepackaged groceries provided while supplies last.
Partnered with FMS Global Cares and The Emergency Feeding Program, Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, and Praisealujah Discipleship Discipleship.
Crossway Church, 6:30 pm: Friday Feast – Community Meal every 2nd and 4th Friday of the Month. Dinner is provided for anyone in the community. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm. Until further notice, this meal will be a grab & go sack dinner
Hogar De Fe & Crossway Church (209 M St NE, Auburn), 1:30 pm: Drive-up, contactless food bank. Name and phone number requested.
Revive Cares: Free Grocery Pick Up (The Outlet Collection, by Dave & Busters) 10:00-11:30 am: First come, first serve drive-up food box pick up. An ID or piece of mail with an Auburn, Pacific, or Algona address required for pick up.
Provided by REVIVE Church partnering with trusted businesses The Outlet Collection | Seattle, Dave & Buster’s, Auburn Area Connect, and Pacific Coast Fruit to help provide emergency food relief to the extended Auburn community.Open Doors Baptist Church Food Bank (25440 Pacific Hwy S, Kent), 1:30-4:30 pm: Groceries available, no documents required.
Saturday, October 3, 2020: Grace Community Church: Grace Loves Auburn Food Giveaway will be happening Saturday, October 3rd from 9:30- 11:30 am (while supplies last), there will be FREE boxes of food in the Grace Community Church parking lot. You are welcome to come get a box for your family or another family in need. We ask you to stay in your car, our volunteers will assist you. Contactless Pick-up only! Pull up, load up, all done! Please share with anyone in need. If you have any questions you can email [email protected].
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