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 a count of people served by age group, ethnicity,
     special dietary needs, and pounds of food distributed.

*   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

What requirements do I have to meet to get food from the Better Living Center?

You must:
*   Live with in our designated area.
     99207 West of Perry
     99208 South of Francis
     99205 North of Montgomery and East of Monroe

*   There is no income requirement unless you want a Senior Box, WIC, or TEFAP,

*   Official government issued Photo ID

*   Something dated with in the last 30 days with your current address, and name on it, such as a
     piece of mail, rent receipt, lease, or pay check.

What are your business hours?

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

How often can I come and get food from the Better Living Center or any food bank in Spokane?

Once every calendar month.  For example, you can't come in twice in July, but you can come in at the end of July and the beginning of August.

What do I need to bring with me to get food each month?

WA State Photo ID and Proof of Current Residence.

What are acceptable forms of 'Photo ID'?

Washington state issued driver license or ID card or a passport.

What are acceptable forms of 'Proof of Current Residence'?

Usually a piece of mail sent to you by name in the last 30 days but there are other items such as a rental agreement or lease, signed and dated within the last 30 days.

How many food banks can I go to?

One per month.

Can I switch between food banks when I go to each one in a different calendar month?

No, you cannot.

Will you server food outside of your normal business hours?

No, unfortunately, we do not.