Free Summer Meals

Free meals and groceries are available in your neighborhood this summer. Meals sites and food banks across Washington remain open – with increased cleaning and social distancing to keep our community safe. You may also qualify for food assistance programs to help you buy groceries.

Find your nearest Free Summer Meals site or food bank below, or learn how to apply for Basic Food (SNAP) and Pandemic EBT.


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Meals for Kids

Free Summer Meals are available for kids and teens at parks, community centers, and schools in your community. All sites offer grab and go meals that you can pick up and eat at home.

Your child does not need to be present to pick up a meal, and some sites may provide multiple meals at once. If you are sick and in need of meals, please stay home and send someone else to pick up food.

Enter your address in the map below to find meals sites near you:

Groceries

Find your nearest food bank here or call 2-1-1.

If you are pregnant, a new mom, or have children under 5, you may also qualify for the Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC). WIC provides vouchers to purchase food like milk, yogurt, cereal, and baby formula. You can apply for WIC over the phone, and do not need to be a U.S. citizen to qualify. To find the WIC clinic nearest you, call 1-800-322-2588.

Other Meals Programs

Find additional food resources, including meals for adults and seniors, here or call 2-1-1.


Get Money for Groceries


Basic Food (SNAP)

Your family may qualify for Basic Food (SNAP) benefits – sometimes called food stamps. Basic Food helps low-income families make ends meet by providing money to buy groceries. Benefits are loaded onto an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card, which can be used like a debit card at grocery stores and many convenience stores, mini-marts and famers markets.

You can apply for Basic Food at any time, and may qualify if you recently lost income or lost your job due to COVID-19.

To see if you qualify and apply, visit www.WashingtonConnection.org or call DSHS at 877-501-2233.

Legal immigrants who do not qualify to receive Basic Food may be eligible for the State Food Assistance Program (FAP).

Support During School Closures

Pandemic EBT helps families buy groceries when schools are closed. If your child is in grades K-12 and qualified for free or reduced-price meals last year, or they attended a school where meals were free for all students, you can apply for Pandemic EBT.

These benefits will be on an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card, which is used like a debit card to buy groceries. Every eligible child can receive up to $399 in benefits.

Apply by September 11, 2020. You can apply online at www.WashingtonConnection.org or call DSHS at 877-501-2233.

Can immigrants apply? Yes. These benefits do not count as a public charge. They do not change a parent or child’s immigration status and are available to all families that receive free and reduced-price school meals, regardless of immigration status.

Kids and teens are allowed to get Summer Meals from schools or community sites and get Pandemic EBT at the same time. They are separate programs, and your family can participate in both.

If your household already receives Basic Food (SNAP) benefits, you will receive Pandemic EBT automatically. If you have questions about this benefit, call DSHS at 877-501-2233.

Translated information about Pandemic EBT is available here: Chinese | Korean | Lao | Russian | Somali | Spanish | Vietnamese

COVID-19 Update


The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically shifted the community summer meal programs. Please visit the Free Meals During School Closures page for more information about free grab-and-go meals that are being offered to students in Washington state.

For a comprehensive list of resources available in the Seattle-King County area visit our COVID-19 Resource page.

Events


Celebrate the free Summer Meals program at a free, all-ages field day near you. Enjoy a bounce house, music, and free games and activities for the whole family, including face painting, crafts, an obstacle course, and more! A free lunch will be provided to all kids, teens, and adults.

DateTimeLocationAddress
Saturday, June 29
Noon – 3 p.m.
Highland Park
1100 SW Cloverdale St., Seattle, WA 98106
Wednesday, July 10
Noon – 3 p.m.
Powell Barnett Park
352 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Seattle, WA 98122
Wednesday, July 31
Noon – 3 p.m.
Othello Park
4219 S Othello St, Seattle, WA 98118
Wednesday, August 7Noon – 3 p.m.
Northacres Park
12718 1st Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125