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Seattleites Step Up to Feed the Community

Restaurants and organizations are working hard to ensure no one goes hungry—here's where to find meals, and how you can help.

By Marisa Comeau-Kerege April 20, 2020



Chef Edouardo Jordan teamed up with Maker’s Mark and the Lee Initiative to turn his Ravenna restaurant into a relief center for service industry workers. Every day, they’ll have 250–300 meals ready for pick up from 4–7pm (first come first serve, limit of one meal per person). “Our goal is to keep going until we can be a dine-in restaurant again,” Jordan says. Salare will also have emergency provisions of toilet paper, toothpaste, and other essentials, available upon request.

How to help: Order takeout from Jordan's other restaurant, JuneBaby, or donate at Salare, 206-556-2192.

Sugar Hill 

Capitol Hill

This Thai restaurant and hip-hop lounge makes large batches of “soup to warm the soul,” according to co-owner Guitar Srisuthiamorn: batches of chicken noodle soup and pork stew delivered to healthcare workers on the frontlines. Sugar Hill provides about 150 meals a day twice a week to hospitals, including Harborview NW, UW Medicine, ICHS, and any other healthcare workers that call in for meals.

How to help: Call in a takeout meal206-568-2111.


Frelard Tamales


Frelard Tamales’ Greenlake walk-up window helps the restaurant weather the storm, so owners Osbaldo Hernandez and Dennis Ramey hired Hernandez's father to make free meals for healthcare workers. Now, Monday through Friday, 11am to 8pm, anyone in need can pick up a free meal. The Frelard crew is also supporting struggling flower farms, teaming up with Thao Farms and Blong’s Garden to sell bouquets at cost. 

How to help: Place orders for pick up or limited delivery on their website, where you can gift an order to a healthcare worker (Frelard Tamales will also send them a free bouquet). 

Atrium Kitchen

Pike Place

With gatherings banned, chef Traci Calderon had to think of new ways to reach guests: Calderon's Nourish Neighborhood program, originally a free community meal on the first Wednesday of the month, has now become a meal delivery service for seniors in Pike Place Market, Capitol Hill, and Queen Anne. Atrium's $5 pay-it-forward breakfast has also adapted: Calderon and her crew now deliver breakfasts to a local homeless shelter. “I will continue cooking and prepping and delivering food as long as I am able,” Calderon says.

How to help: Pay-it-forward meals can be purchased online.

The Bellevue Collection 


Sixteen restaurants at the Bellevue Collection shopping center offer takeout and delivery from their locations as a part of the Do Good with Delivery program. For every meal ordered, two will be donated to Bellevue Lifespring, an organization that provides meals, clothing, scholarships, and emergency financial assistance to Bellevue families and children. The program runs through May 5.

How to help: Order from participating restaurants.


FareStart delivers meals to isolation and quarantine sites, senior centers, childcare sites and homeless shelters. Recipients include Downtown Emergency Services Center, Plymouth Housing, Pike Place Market Housing, and Ronald McDonald House, as well as King County isolation and recovery sites. FareStart has served nearly 80,000 meals since the crisis first hit Seattle, with an ultimate goal of providing 50,000 meals a day to those in need.

How to help: Head to FareStart's website to make a donation.

Frontline Foods

A grassroots movement born in response to the pandemic, Frontline has raised over $1.6 million and delivered over 50,000 meals to healthcare workers—and its recently opened Seattle chapter aims to connect healthcare workers with restaurants able to make them meals, as well as raise money to support restaurants affected by stay at home orders.

How to help: Donate online, sign up as a volunteer, or see if your restaurant may qualify to help. Health officials in need of meals can also contact Frontline Foods via their website.

We Got This Seattle

What began as Ellen Kuwana’s mission to feed those at UW Virology department has grown into a citywide network of restaurants and purveyors providing meals to hospitals including UW Medicine, Swedish, and Seattle Children’s. 

How to help: Visit their Facebook page to make monetary donations; those interested in making food donations or restaurant owners willing to partner with this effort should visit their site for more info.

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