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Red Bag Pantries (RBPs) are mini-food closets where anyone in need can find food without discrimination or questions.  Many people cannot get to the food bank when it is open, so RBPs have been established for public use in the following locations:

  • Anacortes Senior Activity Center

  • Anacortes Fire Department

  • Anacortes Public Library


These RBPs are stocked regularly with food by our volunteers. They are not donation shelves; please do not leave donations on these shelves as we must first check all food before we put it out into the community.


We partner with Anacortes Public Library and Anacortes Family Center (AFC) to make emergency food boxes available to those in need.  If you are in need of an emergency food box, call 360-399-6463. The front desk at the library has some available or email to pick-up from AFC.

Community pantries have been set-up by community members on Guemes Island. ASG is happy to provide food support for that pantry. 


If you are in Anacortes and need assistance, you can contact the following agencies.

Dial 2-1-1 to be connected to a community resource specialist to find services and resources in your local community.  All calls are free and confidential. 

***Due to COVID-19, changes have been made to food availability at the below organizations. Please call them directly to get the most updated information.***

The Salvation Army Food Bank (3001 R Ave.)

Open M/W 1:10pm-3:30pm

Frequency 1x a month (no appt. necessary)  Government Commodities are the 1wt Wed. of each month


Helping Hands Food Bank

Tuesdays 11am-2pm at Anacortes Christian Church lot (1211 M Ave)

St Vincent DePaul (4001 Saint Mary’s Dr.)

Open Fridays 10-11AM (no fresh foods)

Frequency: 2x month



  • Anacortes Senior Center (1701 22nd St.)

    • Meals offered M-F 11:30-12:30PM by donation)

  • Westminister Presbyterien Church (1300 9th St.)

    • Dinner at the Brick (free hot dinner) Sunday nights 4:30-5PM 

  • First Baptist Church (2717 J Ave.)

    • Community dinner, every Thursday night 5:30-6:30pm; clothes pantry 2nd-4th Thursdays 3:30pm-6pm

  • Meals On Wheels 360-419-3401

    • Meals on Wheels is a nationwide program that provides older Americans nutritious meals and safety checks at little to no cost. Visit their website for more information.


  • Anacortes Human Resources Coalition (AHSC) 360-399-6190

  • Anacortes Housing Authorities – 3001 R Ave.) Subsidized, low incoming housing – application required – usually lengthy wait period but still a viable option to apply for.

  • Anacortes Family Center - 360-293-2993 - Serving women and children first, then families.

Emergency Shelter:

  • Emergency Shelter List: Washington State by city  

  • Salvation Army: 3001 R Ave, 360-293-6682; Call for an appointment. 2-night hotel voucher (once every 6 months) if available;

  • Anacortes Family Center: 2702 Commercial Ave, 360-519-4069; Hotel Voucher Hotline for families; Call for appointment – leave one message only

  • Community Action – 360-416-7585, Walk-in 330 Pacific Place Mount Vernon, WA;  Monday, Tuesday, Friday 10:00am – 3:00pm

  • Friendship House for men: 1008 S 3 rd St, Mount Vernon, 360-336-2135

  • Friendship House for women (and children): 922 S 3rd St, Mount Vernon, 360-336-2418

  • Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-336-9591

  • Whatcom County Opportunity Council - Bellingham

  • Island County Opportunity Council: 1791 NE 1st Ave, Oak Harbor, 360-679-6577, M-F 9-4

  • Whidbey Homeless Coalition: 360-900-3077

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