Taking Care of Our Neighbors

In this time of uncertainty, it is our priority to keep our community safe and healthy. As COVID-19 impacts our entire region, we are committed to ensuring our neighbors continue to have access to food, emergency financial assistance, and other basic needs. Thank you for your patience as we update how we operate. 

 
Food Bank: We have moved from pre-packed bags of groceries to an outdoor shopping model. Shoppers enter through our front door wearing masks at all times and keeping 6’ of distance to pick out meat and dairy. They then proceed to the garage where shopping is set up to offer a variety of choices and more fresh options. Signage and volunteers will guide everyone through the process. Bringing your own shopping bags is encouraged.
 
Home Delivery: Our home delivery program is operating as normal. If you need a Home Delivery, please call 206.932.9023.  People at higher risk for COVID-19 infection and anyone in poor health are encouraged to stay home. 
 
Helpline Services: We are continuing to process applications for emergency financial assistance for rent, utility, and move-in deposits. Call 206.932.4357 or fill out an online application here
 
The Clothesline: The Clothesline will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but in order to allow volunteers to properly sanitize and practice social distancing, please call 206.932.4357 to make an appointment. 
 

Backpack Program: We will communicate with community partners to determine how to best ensure our students stay fed during school closures.

 Our updated food bank hours are:

Tuesday – 9:00am to 1:00pm
Wednesday – 10:00am to 3:00pm
Thursday – 9:00am to 2:00pm
Friday – 10:00am to 2:00pm
Saturday to Monday – Closed

For a comprehensive list of COVID-19 resources, financial and other, go here. Below are a few of the highly requested resources.

  1. General Resources: City of Seattle list of resources: here

    Washington State list of resources coronavirus.wa.gov/.

  2. Additional languages: Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs has COVID-19 FAQs in six languages here. Eight ASL/captioned videos about COVID-19 here.
    COVID-19 resources in Indigenous languages here
  3. Rental assistance: Landlords cannot begin eviction proceedings until after August 1st or the end of Seattle's state of emergency. In the meantime, United Way is working to get on an online application live later this week for their Home Base program. If you are seeking rental assistance, please enter your email here they will email you soon as it is live.
  4. Unemployment benefits: Anyone who has lost their job due to coronavirus, has reduced hours, or has had to take time off to self-quarantine or care for a sick relative (and does not get paid sick time from work) should apply for unemployment benefits with the Employment Security Division (ESD, esd.wa.gov). United Way has a helpful roundup of what to do if you're suddenly unemployed here.
  5. COVID-19 and Stigma: Immigrant and refugee community leaders and organizations urge everyone to know the facts about the coronavirus, not to stigmatize individuals and families from particular groups, and to speak out against bias and harassment.
  6. Help at Home: Last, being isolated for long periods of time or not being able to get outdoors can feel miserable. Be well, take care of yourself and we can take care of each other!