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HIP provides nutritious meals, basic cooking skills, and nutrition education to underserved individuals in Seattle, with a focus on the north Seattle area.

Healthy HIP Packs Program

One in four Washington children live in households where families experience hunger. The Healthy HIP Packs Program, a weekend food backpack program, provides an important food resource for the children in these families when school meals are not available.

HIP Packs provide nutritious and kid-friendly foods, enough for six meals and two snacks per child. When choosing foods to include in the pack, HIP creates complete meals and emphasizes whole grains, milk, high quality proteins, fresh fruits, and products with no added sugars. The packs are also a great way to share information with families on free community events, nutrition tips, and local resources.
HIP collaborates with Seattle schools and community partners to make the HIP Pack Program possible. School staff works with parents to identify children receiving free or reduced priced meals who are at risk of hunger over the weekend. In the 2017–2018 school year, HIP produced more than 8,000 packs which provided about 50,000 vital weekend food meals for Seattle children. Monthly packing parties offer fun opportunities for the community to come together to assemble HIP Packs. Packing parties are also a great time for parents and children to volunteer together. HIP volunteers then deliver the HIP Packs to the schools each week, where they are discretely placed into student backpacks to be taken home.


Students are assured access to nutritious foods.

Packs are also a vehicle for sharing non-food resources.

“This food has helped my family a lot. We are sometimes without food on the weekend.” —Healthy HIP Packs parent

For more information on how you can contribute to the Healthy HIP Pack Program, visit our Ways to Give page. To learn how to bring the Healthy HIP Packs program to your school, contact  us at For information on volunteering for HIP pack assembly please contact or fill out our volunteer form!

Nutrition Education

HIP works with Solid Ground, Share Our Strength, and other partner organizations in our area to bring Cooking Matters classes to our community. This free, 6 week-long program empowers families with nutrition education, cooking skills, and tips to stretch their food budgets. In this learner-driven class, we cook, eat, and learn together. We even send participants home with recipe ingredients every week so they can apply what they’ve learned at home.

We have also started a series of food justice workshops focused on teaching community members about the systems that affect access to and control of food resources, ways to get involved.


Participants learn how to prepare healthy meals using concrete nutrition facts, cooking skills, and tips for healthy eating and shopping.

Program empowers community members to lead a healthy life and advocate for their food rights.

Program encourages these classes to be welcoming and interactive community spaces.

For more information about the program or for ways to get involved, contact Emily at Interested in volunteering? Please fill out our volunteer form!


Senior Community Meal

HIP’s Senior Community Meal is offered in partnership with Sound Generations and the Lake City Community Center. Launched in November 2013, the meal provides a weekly low-cost, nutritious and delicious meal for seniors 60 and over. It is also an opportunity to build community and to learn new things. Sound Generations provides activities for seniors before and after the lunch, including senior fitness programs, art classes, conversation cafés, community presenters, book clubs, and more. This meal is open to the community every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12–1pm at the Lake City Community Center (12531 28th Ave NE). Suggested donation is $3 for seniors 60 and over and $6 for anyone under 60.

You can find our monthly menu here and a list of all activities for the current month here.

Visit the Lake City Seniors website to find more information for seniors in the Lake City neighborhood..

East African Elders Program

In August 2018, HIP partnered with Sound Generations, Horn of Africa Services, and Seattle Parks & Recreation to launch the East African Elders Program, which focuses on serving the growing community of East African elders in north Seattle. Every Tuesday at the Northgate Community Center (10510 5th Ave NE), participants are provided with an authentic East African meal as well as fitness activities, social services, and community-building opportunities. It is one of only two programs in Seattle focusing on this particular population, the other one being at the Yesler Community Center in south Seattle, where an East African meal is provided every Thursday and Saturday.

Click here for the KING 5 News story on the program (shown to the right).


Seniors who have difficulty cooking for themselves can eat nutritiously.

Encourages seniors to socialize and meet new friends.

Opportunities for seniors to participate in fitness, social and creative activities.

For more information about the program or for ways to get involved, contact Emily at Interested in volunteering? Please fill out our volunteer form!

Summer Eats for Kids

For many families with kids and teens, who rely on free and reduced lunches during the school year, the summer presents a major problem as they are left without access to this resource for three months. This is where HIP and other summer meal providers step in. HIP’s Summer Meals for Kids provides freshly made, nutritious lunches from the HIP kitchen at kid-friendly locations around the north Seattle community. HIP partners with other community organizations to offer activities at meal sites to encourage participation all summer long.


With access to a daily meal, families can stretch their food budgets.

Kids can also engage in summer reading, games and crafts.

For more information about the program or for ways to get involved contact Emily at Interested in volunteering next year? Please fill out our volunteer form and we will get back to you in the spring of 2020!

Afterschool Meals

HIP’s afterschool meal program partners with existing afterschool programming to offer a healthy snack to kids. Our first afterschool meal program, begun in 2014, is in partnership with the Lake City Library’s Homework Help program. Volunteer tutors provide individualized tutoring and HIP provides the brain food to keep them focused.


Access to a healthy snack keeps kids engaged in afterschool programs.

Providing food draws more kids to the Homework Help and other library programs.


For more information about the program or for ways to get involved contact Emily at Interested in volunteering? Please fill out our volunteer form!