According to Northwest Harvest, one in 10 Washingtonians struggles with hunger. And although we rank as the second healthiest state in America, we’re 34th in food insecurity, with one-in-eight families relying on the SNAP food stamp program.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many restaurants have come together to create community kitchens: kitchens where those in need can go to receive a free meal.
It’s important to note where these local community kitchens are so that you can donate or receive healthy and free food.
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Here are five places to receive a free meal if you’re in need:
What: Free meals to restaurant workers and $5 meals for restaurant industry workers.
Location: 550 12th Avenue, Seattle
What: If you’re a restaurant worker who’s been laid off due to the pandemic, enjoy a free cheeseburger and fries on Mondays.
Location: 2332 E Madison St, Seattle
What: Enjoy iced tea, cold brew coffee, breakfast wraps and more for free.
Location: 7148 Martin Luther King Jr. Way South, Seattle
What: If your work hours have been cut, you’ve been laid off, you’ve been economically affected by the pandemic, or are struggling to feed your children, stop by the Greenlake shop during business hours to get a free meal to go.
Location: 6412 Latona Avenue NE, Seattle