Food & Fund Drives

You’re thinking of doing a food drive. Thanks so much!

We love food drives, but we encourage people and businesses to host FUND drives, because we can buy food for a lot less than you and your friends can. We can take a $100 donation and turn it into 1,000 pounds of food. Whenever we fill people in on that fact, they usually stop buying food for food drives and start writing checks. And that’s a good thing for Whatcom County.

Some of our preferred donation items are: canned foods; peanut butter/other nut butters; dry beans, rice, and pasta in 2 lb containers or smaller; baby formula and baby diapers of all sizes.

Please, no glass containers or oversized containers. To donate over 150 lbs of perishables, please contact us to make an appointment.


Warehouse at 1824 Ellis Street-enter alleyway behind building via Kansas Street
Monday – Thursday
8:30am – 3:00pm
12:00 – 3:00pm

Let’s make your food-focused fund drive a success!

Small Potatoes Gleaning

Small Potatoes Gleaning Project works with local farms to recover vegetables that would be plowed back into the ground. Volunteers glean more than 200,000 pounds of produce each year and deliver to more than two dozen food banks and meal programs across Whatcom County.

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Small Potatoes Gleaning Opportunities

Check here for scheduled volunteer events with Small Potatoes Gleaning Project!

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Food Bank Fresh

By partnering with local famers in the Winter, we get a bounty of fresh food, at very reasonable prices, in the Spring and Summer. It’s a win-win.

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Victory Gardens

Our Victory Gardens program encourages home gardeners to donate surplus produce to Bellingham Food Bank. Each year our families benefit from more than 50,000 pounds of food donated from local Victory Gardens.

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Grocery Rescue

Food waste contributes to hunger, and we applaud our local food retailers for their efforts to reduce their waste.

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