The Better Living Center of Spokane serves inner-city Spokane, WA. Established in 1976, it has functioned for a number of years as a food pantry - the third largest in Spokane - serving about 450 families per month and distributing approximately 50,000 pounds of food each month. It is recognized as a charitable organization under the Upper Columbia Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Our mission statement: "As a faith-based organization, the Better Living Center exists exclusively for charitable, educational, and health-related activities for the purpose of following Christ's example of service to the community - to nourish the body, mind, and spirit through unconditional love and care for the dignity of all people."

The Better Living Center is primarily a food bank serving a specific section of the City of Spokane, WA. The assigned boundaries are: between Perry on the east and Monroe on the west and Francis on the north and Mission on the south.


Better Living Center Hours are:

Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The Better Living Center is located at 25 E. North Foothills Drive.
Between Ruby and Division, right behind Staples.

Requirements for each visit are on the FAQ page

                      Client Confidentiality Policy  

The Better Living Center does not share any information acquired in the food application process. Personal information collected, used or acquired in connection with any state-funded program shall be used solely for the purpose of that program. We agree not to release, divulge, publish, transfer, sell or  otherwise make known to unauthorized persons your personal information without your express written consent or as provided by law.

  Better Living Center (BLC) Client Eligibility Requirements 

 *   We will serve anyone in need with an emergency food basket on a first time basis. We do not
      discriminate on the basis of race, sexual orientation, color, religion, sex, age, national origin,
      citizenship, ancestry, physical or mental handicap, marital status, or from being a recipient of
      federal, state, or local public assistance, or is a disabled veteran. We do reserve the right to
      refuse service to a client deemed a danger to other clients or to the volunteers.
 *   The BLC shall provide monthly emergency food assistance to individuals and families in need
      from within our stated boundaries. If a client does not live within the stated boundaries they
      will be referred to the food bank closest to them. 

*   The BLC collects client service data, including count of people served by age group, ethnicity,
     pounds of food distributed, and foods for special dietary needs.

 *   Each client must bring with them each time:

     - Washington State/Government issued picture ID with birth date on it
     - Proof of current address (something dated within the last 30 days) such as:
          - A piece of mail with name, address and post mark.
          - A signed, dated and addressed rent receipt.
          - A lease within the last 30 days.
          - Government issued documents dated in the last 30 days with name and address on it.

 *   Each client receiving TEFAP/EFAP foods must live within our food bank assigned boundaries.
     The city of  Spokane in the county of Spokane, Washington State.

     - 1600 North (Mission) to 6300 North (Francis)
     - 900 West (Monroe) to 1300 East (Perry).
     - The only exceptions to this is if you belong to a Seventh-day Adventist church within
       Spokane county and have a letter from the pastor of the church. 

 *   Each client household must have someone over 18 who picks up the food. If a client picks up
      food for another client, then both photo ID's must be present along with both proofs of

 *   The BLC does not require payment from clients for food received.

 *   The BLC does not require participation in a religious service as a condition for receiving
      emergency food assistance.

 *   The BLC shall treat all clients with dignity.