Food for Churches
The Mission’s Food for Churches program concluded on November 6, 2020. It was a privilege and blessing to partner with churches and distribute over 2 million pounds of food to families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Mission's Church Hotline (206) 580-8108.
Ordering & Food
How much food can I request?
We ask that all food items be redistributed within 24 hours. The Mission is trying to help as many as possible in great need, so we are not providing “backstock” or “extra inventory.” Food from the Mission should be considered supplemental to what you might be also be gathering to share with those in need.
What type of food can I expect?
Specific items will vary, but we will try to provide one protein and other food items as available. Certain items might be frozen or refrigerated, so please come prepared. Also, some items may be in larger bulk quantities that you might need to break down into smaller portions.
Am I guaranteed a certain type or quantity of food? Can I make a request for specific items?
No. The types and quantities of donated foods varies greatly from week to week.
Please consider this when placing a request. The Mission may limit quantities.
What days and times can I pick up?
Monday – Thursday, pick up slots are between 9:30am - 3:00pm. Time slots are limited. Appointments are mandatory. Please submit requests 48 hours in advance. Contact us if the need is urgent at email@example.com or call the Mission's Church Hotline (206) 580-8108 and we will do our best to help.
I signed up, what happens next?
You will receive an email confirming your pickup appointment time and pickup instructions.
If you “opted in” to be listed on the Mission’s website as a church partner, your church’s contact information will be listed at ugm.org/wecare
Where do I pick up?
Pick up at our Kent Distribution Center (8226 S 208th St. G110 Kent, WA 98032). All individuals must remain in their vehicle, our team will load the vehicle.
Can I add to the food from Mission?
Absolutely. We encourage you to view the food received from the Mission as a supplement to what you might already be doing.
I need more/less than I originally requested, how do I change my order?
E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Mission's Church Hotline (206) 580-8108
I signed up and picked up this week, can I make another request for this week?
If there are open slots, please email us at email@example.com or call the Mission's Church Hotline (206) 580-8108. We will try to accommodate you as possible.
Do you offer delivery?
No, you must pick up at our Kent Distribution Center.
I have other questions or requests?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Mission's Church Hotline (206) 580-8108.
About the Program
Why is the Mission doing this?
Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission started by serving soup to thousands of homeless and unemployed people during the Great Depression. The COVID-19 pandemic today poses a different set of challenges, but the goal is the same, to love and care for those in great need and to let them know that they are loved and cared for, by us, and by God, no matter their circumstances.
Will this program hurt the Mission’s efforts to love and care for our homeless neighbors?
No, the Mission’s top priority and focus remains caring for and loving our homeless neighbors and helping them with their basic needs.
Is the Mission charging any fees for this service?
How can the Mission afford to do this?
God provided the Mission with extra food during the past few months and the COVID-19 pandemic made God’s calling to take this step very clear.
Where did the Mission get all this food?
From generous individuals, organizations, companies, and churches. Each year, the Mission serves close one million meals, the majority made from donated food.
Why doesn’t the Mission just distribute directly to people in great need?
Although we’re in relationship with over 3,000 of our homeless neighbors by name, the Mission is set up to distribute in larger quantities to our kitchens and to our Outreach and Search + Rescue teams that head out twice each day.
We believe that the church knows the needs in their area best and it’s more effective and efficient to partner with the local church. Individuals are also more likely to turn to their local church for help.
Is the food for this program only for people experiencing homelessness?
No, it’s for anyone in great need, in an urgent, dire, or emergency situation.
How long will this program last?
Food donations and demands vary greatly from week to week, but our hope is to continue this program at least for the next month and longer if possible and needed.
Can I help the Mission financially?
Yes, but it’s not a condition of this program. For more information, contact Chris at email@example.com or (206) 769-7638.
Any food received may not be resold or returned. Please note the restriction around resale is a condition placed on the Mission when accepting certain donations.