Feed the hungry volunteer opportunities around the Central District

A warm meal on a cold day might be one of the foundation stones of humanity. Here’s a roster of food banks and hot meal programs in the central Seattle area. We don’t know that each has Thanksgiving plans and need for volunteers vary. Please post a comment if you have any information to share or if we missed a group that should be included.

For more details and information about equally important home delivery services, see Seattle.gov’s Emergency Food info page

We also should note that Madison’s Piecora’s has offered a free Thanksgiving day meal — last year’s ran from 11:30 AM to 1 PM. We’ll check in with them to make sure they’re still on for 2010 and see if they need any help for this generous gift to the community.

Central Seattle Hot Meal Programs


1710 11thAve. (on the corner of 11th & East Olive)

In the Parish Hall of Central Lutheran Church

Seattle, WA 98122

Contact: Don Jensen

Phone: 206-322-7500

Lunch (Hot Meal): Tuesday and Friday (12noon – 1:00PM)


517 3rd

Seattle, WA 98104 Avenue

Contact: Lisa Hilton

Phone: 206-329-1570

Breakfast: Daily (8:30AM) must register with DESC first.

Dinner: Daily (6:00PM) only if you have a bed

Criteria: Overnight shelter residents only – Homeless men and women 18 yrs. or older. Priority Categories: Mentally ill, chemically dependent, single women, men 60 and older, physically or developmentally disabled or medically compromised (must be able to get in/out of wheelchair).


2524 16th Ave South

Seattle, WA 98144 Ave. So

Contact: Graciela Gonzalez

Phone: 206-957-4609

Lunch: Monday – Friday (12noon – 1PM)

Criteria: No restrictions; open to all


1215 Thomas Street

Seattle, WA 98109

Contact: Patty Turnberg

Phone: 206-622-1930

Lunch: Last Sunday of the month (12noon – 2PM)

Criteria: No restrictions; open to all.

Food Bank

1215 Thomas Street

Seattle, WA 98109

Contact: Patty Turnberg

Phone: 206-622-1930

Last 2 Fridays of the month (9:30AM – 11:30AM)


508 Broadway

Seattle, WA 98122

Contact: Stacia Ratcliss

Phone: 206-325-0871

Pastries: Tuesday – Sunday (6:30AM – 12noon) serve coffee and pastries in day room

Lunch: Tuesday – Sunday (9:00AM – 11:00AM); closed the 1st

Criteria: Open to all; must be sober.


2323 E. Cherry St.

Seattle, WA 98122

Contact: Miguel Saldin

Phone: 206-695-7606

Lunch: Tuesdays and Fridays (10:30AM – 12:30PM)

Criteria: They must be 60 yrs. old and their spouses and adults over 18 with disabilities are welcome to enjoy nutritious meals.

1828 Yale Avenue


Seattle, WA 98101

Contact: Drew Le

Phone: 206-622-5555

Breakfast: Monday – Friday (8:30PM – 9:00PM)

Lunch: Monday – Friday (12:30PM – 1:00PM)

Dinner: Monday – Friday (6:00PM – 6:30PM)

Criteria: Serve only youth 13 – 22 yrs old)

Central Seattle Food Banks

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  1. You forgot to mention St. Mary’s Food Bank! It serves food to folks living within the Seattle limits Tues, Thurs, and Sat. from 10am – 1pm and is located at 611 20th Ave. S. It’s website: http://www.thefbsm.org/

    General Groceries – available once each week. Baby Day – during the first week of the month, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Commodity Distribution – during the third week of the month, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Please bring photo identification and a bag for your groceries.

    We have been volunteering at St. Mary’s food bank since June and they are amazing to work for. All the staff is very friendly, and we see hundreds of people every Saturday! If you would like to volunteer, please contact Tina Kimbrell at [email protected].