The Puget Sound Labor Agency, a Belltown food bank that has served the community for 45 years, is about to move.
SEATTLE – A small but important food bank in Belltown has served their community for decades, but they will soon have to find a new home.
“You could go downstairs and ask a lot of people, ‘Have you ever heard of the Puget Sound Labor Agency?’ And they say, “What’s that?” Said Sam Sim, general manager. “We’re a food bank.”
Three days a week people stand in an alley on 2800 1st Ave. at the Temple Building Laboratory for donations of fresh and frozen food.
On Wednesday evening, the Puget Sound Labor Agency was handing out turkeys, chickens, green beans and stuffing.
The nonprofit, a partner of Northwest Harvest, has been serving meals for 45 years, but soon they’ll have to leave their long-standing space and still don’t know where they’re going.
“The building is now being sold and we will probably have to get out of here by March, which is a very short time frame,” said Sim.
Sim said he is working with the city and Belltown partners to find a new location while also planning Christmas and trying to meet the daily needs of a COVID-19 affected neighborhood.
“It is a great blessing to see how many people we can help in the community,” said Sim.
Without the agency’s help, people like Kevin Scott couldn’t have a proper Thanksgiving dinner.
“Do you see the line around the corner?” he said, pointing to dozens of people waiting to collect food. “That happens on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.”
How you can support Home Team Harvest
There are four ways you can help KING 5’s efforts to raise 20 million meals through Home Team Harvest.
Donate online: Provide online to Northwest Harvest.
Text to donate: Write HOMETEAM to 41444.
Buy a virtual hunger bag: Visit your local Safeway or Albertsons store and purchase a virtual starvation bag for $ 5, $ 10, or $ 15.
Watch the broadcast special: On Saturday, December 5th at 10am, get ready for a one-hour special on KING 5 as we celebrate 20 years of the home team’s harvest.