About Us

Food Bank History

February 14th, 2018 marks our 16th anniversary. Gifts from the Heart Food Bank opened on Valentine's Day, 2002. The food bank was started by a small group of people who felt there was a need for a food bank serving Central Whidbey Island. We originally started operating from a small space provided to us at Greenbank Farm. After three years of operation, we knew there was a need and, also, that our community and businesses would continuously support a food bank. In November of 2005, we moved into the old fire hall at 203 North Main, our current location. We store and prepare the food here and also distribute to our Coupeville clients.

Client Demographics

In 2017, over 30% of the clients we served were infants to school-age children; that's a lot of hungry kids going to school every day. Our largest client group are age 19 to 54. Many of these clients are working but don't make a living wage and need the little extra help the food bank provides. Meanwhile, nearly 27% of our clients are age 55 or older.

Where Does Our Food Come From?


We are a completely volunteer-run food bank; we have no paid employees. We have a Board of Directors and 40 volunteers doing various jobs. Some of these jobs include putting away food collected from food drives, bagging food for our clients, distributing food, picking up weekly donations, driving to NW Harvest, and volunteering for special events. Working at the food bank does not require a large time commitment, but it is very fulfilling work.

To become a volunteer, please call (360) 678-8312

2017 Accomplishments

Thank you for your support!

Green Philosophy

Gifts from the Heart tries to be green in all our dealings. The environment is importatnt to us, especially on this beautiful island. Actions that all our volunteers adhere to include: