Seattle’s Table is our nationally recognized program that recovers edible, prepared and perishable foods from local restaurants, caterers, grocery stores and other food service providers. Seattle’s Table drivers, agency staff, and volunteers deliver these donations of surplus, wholesome food to local meal programs on the same day, helping to serve the hungry individuals in our community.
Food safety is a top priority for the Seattle’s Table program. In the past, concerns from the health department and donors about food safety and liability prevented perfectly good food from being used by the emergency food system. Food Lifeline has worked closely with Seattle - King County Public Health, Seattle Public Utilities, local food retailers and the Meals Partnership Coalition, to ensure food is safely handled and transported to meal programs participating in Seattle’s Table. If you would like to help support the Seattle’s Table program, donate now!
"We feel the program has been a huge success. It feels good to give the food to individuals and families who may need it, and to see the faces of the staff who come to pick up the food, light up when they see some of the product they get to work with."
Justin, Emerald Heights Retirement Community (a Seattle's Table donor)
Click the links below to learn more about other ways you can help support Seattle’s Table.
Food Lifeline CEO Linda Nageotte's audio interview by the Washington Restaurant Association on May 9, 2012. Get the podcast or listen below (requires Flash)
Program gathers quality cuts of fish, meat for Food Lifeline, KOMO 4 TV, December 15, 2010
The Logistical Link, Seattle's Table turns excess food into essential meals, Edible Seattle, July/August 2009 (2MB .pdf file)
Food Lifeline Wins Two National Awards from Feeding America, Food Lifeline, April 8, 2009
At the Capital Grille, There’s More at Stake than Steak, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, June 5, 2008
Throw Out Less Food and Help the Less Fortunate, Puget Sound Business Journal, March 31, 2006
City Wants Food Out of Landfills, Into Mouthfuls, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March 24, 2006
Finding Meals in Landfills, KING-5 TV, March 23, 2006
Salvaging Food to Feed the Hungry, The Seattle Times, March 23, 2006