What is Walk for Rice?

Walk for Rice is a fund-raising event to support the ACRS Food Bank. Each year, nearly 1,000 participants help raise money for Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS). Funds help buy rice, noodles, bok choi, fresh herbs and other culturally familiar foods for the ACRS Food Bank.

Why is participating in the Walk important?

The ACRS Food Bank is the one of the most visited food banks in King County, and the only one in the state that regularly provides foods that are familiar to the Asian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) diet. Each year, more than 5,524 people rely on our food bank and nutrition programs to have enough to eat. More than 56% of our clients are children under 18 years or seniors over 65. Most come from low-income, AAPI households. Located in Seattle’s Chinatown International District, 380 tons of food passed through our food bank in 2018, providing items like rice, tofu, noodles, fish and fresh produce. Our Food Bank, Nutrition and Emergency Feeding Programs helps close the gap for many families who are choosing between paying their rent, purchasing prescription medication, and other expenses, keeping families healthy and whole.

In response to COVID-19, we quickly shifted food bank operations from walk-in distribution to home deliveries, providing emergency food in the safest way possible. With help from community partners and volunteers, we are currently delivering 1,200 bags of groceries and 1,300 culturally familiar meals weekly to seniors and those in need, and the demand is growing.


  • REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE! Sign up now and join a tradition of thousands of participants supporting the ACRS Food Bank.
  • START A TEAM. Be a team captain and lead your friends and family in the fight against hunger
  • DONATE NOW. Every grain counts. All gifts, monetary or food, make a difference. We even accept unopened bags of rice on site!
  • VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME. Helping out Walk for Rice is a great way to meet people, have fun and support a wonderful cause. Contact our Volunteer Program Manager at (206) 695-7637 or volunteer@acrs.org.