Through summer 2022, our home on 18th Ave is undergoing needed renovations.

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


Through July 21, 2022, our food bank is temporarily relocated at 420 E. Pike St. in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, while our firehouse home undergoes renovations. It is staffed by the same friendly faces, offering the same high quality food, and providing the same Byrd Barr Place experience you’ve come to know and trust.

If you are unable to travel to our temporary location and live in the 98102, 98112 or 98122 ZIP code, please call us at 206-812-4940 for home delivery.

Our food bank will be closed July 21 to Aug. 5 while we move back to our firehouse home at 722 18th Ave. During that time, please visit other nearby food banks:

Pike Place Food Bank: 1531 Western Ave, Level 5 of the parking garage
Hours: Tuesday 9:30 am – 3 pm, Wednesday 3 pm – 7 pm, Thursday 9:30 am – 3 pm

The Polack Food Bank with Jewish Family Service: 1601 16th Ave
Hours: Wednesday & Friday 10 am -12 pm, Thursday 2 pm – 4 pm

Salvation Army: 1101 Pike St
Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 9:00am – 11:30am – 1:00pm 3:00pm, Thursday: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

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 energy and water assistance, housing assistance resources, and our community connector program anytime online. You can also reach us 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.”