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This page contains information about food access programs and services to help support King County residents during this difficult time. We will continue updating this page as more resources develop. Please continue to look out for one another and check-in with your neighbors during this challenging time.

  • Map displaying locations of free public food resources in King County, updated weekly by Public Health - Seattle & King County and City of Seattle including "Grab and Go" student meal sites in King County.
    All children up to 18 years of age are eligible to receive a free packed breakfast/lunch meal at the sites listed. Children do not need to be enrolled in that school district to receive meals, but they do need to be present. Meals are "grab and go"—Students will not stay onsite to eat.

  • Food Support Resources for Seattle and King County: list of available food resources on the Mayor of Seattle website.

  • Expedited Basic Food Program (SNAP): U.S. citizens, legal immigrants and the U.S. citizen children of non-citizens may be eligible if they are a Washington State resident and meet citizenship and income requirements. With SNAP you can buy fresh food and vegetables, snack foods, non-alcoholic beverages and dairy products with the use of an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card.
  • Washington 2-1-1: Free meals and food pantries information, call 2-1-1.
  • CARES Act Food Security Assistance Program Grant Awardees
    Public Health – Seattle & King County received $4.83 million through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) to support food security efforts in King County in response to the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding is intended to support Black and Indigenous communities, Communities of Color, low-income communities, Immigrant and Refugee Communities, and communities that have been unable to access other forms of government aid due to structural or institutional barriers, including fear of deportation or those experiencing gender-based violence in King County (outside of Seattle). Learn more about the grant awardees and their work.
  • Expediated Basic Food Program (SNAP): May be eligible to apply for their Basic Food benefit application to be processed immediately.
  • Community Living Connections: Home-delivered meals (e.g. Meals on Wheels) for individuals age 60+ who are unable to leave their homes, call 1-844-348-5464 (toll-free).

  • Mutual Aid Solidarity Network offering grocery drop-offs at front doors, prioritizing persons who are sick, disabled, quarantined without pay, elderly, undocumented, queer, Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color. Request form on website.

  • Senior Shopping Hours: Seattle area grocery stores have established special shopping hours reserved for seniors and those with compromised immune systems. Visit these two trackers for details: national retails hours and west Seattle supermakets.
  • Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)
    WIC is a supplemental food program for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, infants and children. WIC also provides health screening, nutrition and health education, breastfeeding promotion and support, help getting other services and monthly benefits for nutritious foods.
    • Health screening
    • Nutrition and health education
    • Breastfeeding promotion and support
    • Help getting other services
    • Monthly benefits pay for nutritious foods
  • Basic Food Program (SNAP): Although non-citizens adults are not eligible for SNAPs, their US children may be eligible. Parents can apply for SNAP online OR call CHAP at 1-800-756-5437.

  • Many food banks do not require identification or proof of citizenship. See food pick-up and delivery resources above.
  • Washington State is working to ensure that food security systems remain in place to meet the nutritional needs of everyone including children, seniors and people with low income.

  • The federal Dept. of Food and Nutrition Service has also lifted many restrictions that may have disqualified some applicants from receiving food benefits in the past.