The White Center Food Bank (WCFB) began in the mid-1970ís as an emergency response to assist struggling families and individuals in the greater White Center and Highline areas during a major economic downturn. Many in the community, much like now, were faced with difficult economic conditions that left them in need of emergency food resources.
In 1982 the White Center Emergency Food Association was formally incorporated and is today known as the White Center Food Bank serving 66,882 individuals/20,220 families in 2011. White Center as a geographic area has been subject to many changes in its micro-economic climate from influxes and growth of various immigrant groups to periods of rebirth in its business core.
Current programs include daytime, evening and weekend and seniors-only food distributions; Mobile Food Bank Program for seniors and disabled clients; a Baby Pantry for diapers, formula, baby foods and equipment; community demonstration gardens, cultural foods buying program, grocery rescues and nutrition/cooking demonstrations. In-take services are provided in four languages, all written materials are provided in six languages.