Through summer 2022, our home on 18th Ave is undergoing needed renovations. We’re still here for you.

Same Byrd Barr Place. A New Temporary Home.

Our renovation project brings new and exciting ways we can serve our community, including:

  • An accessible, safe building 
  • A welcoming place for services and support
  • A gathering space for our community

Visit Our Temporary Food Bank

Starting March 30, 2021, our food bank will be temporarily relocated to 420 East Pike Street, just 1.2 miles away in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

It will be staffed by the same friendly faces, have the same high quality food, and be the same Byrd Barr Place experience you’ve come to know and trust.

If you are unable to travel to our new temporary location to pick up your food, we will be expanding our home delivery service for people living in the 98102, 98112, and 98122 ZIP codes. Please call 206-812-4940 to learn more.

How to Connect with Other Services

You can continue to rely on and enroll in our services and programs right here on our website. Get connected with more information about our energy assistance program, our housing assistance resources, and our community connector program anytime online. 

Our administration offices will also be temporarily relocated, and they will not be open to the public. Remember — we’re here for you! We will continue to be accessible online and by phone at 206-812-4940, Monday through Friday, between 9 am and 5 pm.

A rendering of a grocery market
A rendering if the new Byrd Barr Place lobby, with people gathered
A rendering of a hallway, with two people talking

Honoring a Legacy and Building a Shared Future

Byrd Barr Place has deep roots in the Central District, with the Black community, as well as with other ethnic and cultural groups — Chinese, Vietnamese, Latino, Russian, Ethiopian — who are part of our neighborhood. For over 55 years, we’ve worked hard every day to create an equitable future for all. And so has our building.

In October 2020, the deed to our building was secured after nearly 10 years of lobbying with the City of Seattle. This was a critical step to ensure the organization stayed in its historic building and also unlocked our ability to secure critical funding sources.

This building renovation will create new possibilities for our clients and our community.

More accessible for all

  • Installing an elevator lift
  • Improving safety through seismic retrofits in case of an earthquake
  • Upgrading the HVAC, plumbing, fire suppression and electrical systems

A grocery store experience in our food bank

  • Shifting our food bank to a market model to improve the flow and client experience
  • Adding new shelving and stocking systems for better food storage
  • Creating an experience that treats people with the dignity and respect they deserve

Expanded gathering spaces for our community

  • Creating a welcoming entryway
  • Providing meeting space for neighborhood groups and nonprofits serving people with low incomes and people of color<
  • Celebrating local history with new art and interpretative displays

Interested in becoming a part of our shared future?

Your generous support is needed to help us meet our funding goal. Click below to flip through our booklet, or download a PDF.


To discuss making a gift to our capital campaign, please contact Development Manager Meredith Sibley.

“Byrd Barr Place has been a part of my family’s history and the tapestry of this community. I’m glad to see it being invested in for the long term.”


How can we help you?

You can check the status of your grant by creating an account through our online portal. We can also send you email notifications when the status of your application and/or grant changes.


To create an account and/or sign up for email notifications, visit https://www.tfaforms.com/4950959


Visit our online support page for answers to common questions about: 



For information about why the organization changed its name to Byrd Barr Place, please check out our story. 


If you can't find an answer to your question or need support in Amharic, Spanish, Thai, Tigrinya, or Vietnamese, please reach out via phone at 206-812-4940. Visit our Contact Us page for additional details.