Washington’s largest meals pantry opens Monday in SODO neighborhood


SEATTLE — The meals financial institution opening in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood on Monday is exclusive. 

The truth is, it’s so distinctive, the meals financial institution’s creators at Northwest Harvest don’t even name it a meals financial institution.

“We arrived at ‘group market.’ It has this sense of group orientation,  a spot the place folks come and engage in addition to do their buying,” stated Northwest Harvest CEO Thomas Reynolds.

It’s known as the SODO Neighborhood Market. Reynolds expects the market to assist feed 5,000 folks each week.

“We expect as we transition right into a group market mannequin it’s going to be much more well-liked with extra demand,” stated Reynolds.

The $1.eight million mission resembles a small, neighborhood market. Reynolds stated Dealer Joe’s served as their inspiration. Just like the grocery retailer chain, Northwest Harvest may have be stocking cabinets regularly all through the day to extend interplay between volunteers and customers.

The SODO Neighborhood Market will change the Cherry Road Meals Financial institution, which Northwest Harvest operated for greater than 35 years, however stated the land was not too long ago offered to a developer.

The market is on 4th Ave. close to the Holgate intersection. It’s inside strolling distance for a lot of of Seattle’s homeless, but in addition is toes away from a Metro bus cease and lightweight rail strains. 

“There’s a whole lot of casual housing. There’s lots of people in want and never a whole lot of companies, we needed to fill that hole,” stated Reynolds.

Northwest Harvest stated it’s making an attempt to cast off ideas like ‘feeding the needy’ and ‘serving to the hungry’ by making a market that blurs the strains between a grocery retailer and meals pantry.

“You’re going to in a position to get proteins, grains, fruits, greens, wholesome issues you might want to feed your loved ones and there’s going to be no danger of embarrassment as you’re strolling out the door,” stated Reynolds.

Individuals who use the shop received’t must sign-in or be restricted to what they will take, as an alternative customers will check-out like they’d at a grocery retailer.

The constructing additionally gives group areas, which Reynolds hopes can be utilized by different useful resource suppliers. 

“This can be a place the place you possibly can come get what you want, take dwelling wholesome groceries, and that’s the tip of the story. We’re simply pleased you got here,” stated Reynolds.

The market’s grand opening is Monday, June 24th at 1:30 p.m. 

Hours might be Monday 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m, Wednesday eight a.m.to 2 p.m., and Friday eight a.m. to 2 p.m.


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