At OIFB, you’ll receive a warm welcome, fresh produce and protein, much of it locally grown or raised, and foods that suit customers of all ages, ethnicities, and dietary requirements. On first visit, customers are asked to register with their name and address and to self-declare that they meet the income qualification. No proof of citizenship, legal residency, or SSN is requested. Even a customer who prefers not to register receives food.
INCOME - The pandemic revealed a long-overdue need. The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) —a federal program that ensures that low-income Americans have access to food at no cost — raised its maximum income limit to 400% of poverty level. As a result, about half of Orcas Island residents qualify to receive free food at OIFB. Here are the guidelines:
Household size of 1 - if annual household income is at or below $51,520, you are eligible for free food.
Household size of 2 - if annual household income is at or below $69,680, you are eligible for free food.
Add $18,160 for each additional family member.
GET A CARD - The Orcas Island Food Bank has a new and updated registration system! While we are excited about less manual entry, we are most looking forward to more accurate information for improved grant writing. This helps us keep food coming through the door! If you are new to the Food Bank, you can register yourself at home or come to our location and we can register you in person! It only takes a few minutes, so please stop by! If you are interested in registering at home, please visit https://fw.link2feed.com.
HOME DELIVERIES - The Orcas Island Food Bank partners with other island organizations to deliver bags of fresh groceries to customers who are homebound or unable to come in for other reasons. Every Thursday, we pack a bag of assorted goods that reflect our weekly offerings to our registered customers. This includes fresh vegetables, a protein option, dairy products, pantry staples, kid snacks, and a variety of other goods. We also cater to dietary considerations—the more you enjoy your bag, the happier we are! If you are interested in signing up for our home delivery service, please contact the Orcas Community Resource Center at (360) 376-3184 or the Orcas Senior Center at (360) 376-2677.