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.
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
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
If a client does not live
within the stated boundaries they will be referred to the food bank closest to
* 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 addresses.
* 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.