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Several local banks are providing food and meals to families and students in need.
Des Moines Area Food Bank
Serving residents of Des Moines, SeaTac, Normandy Park and Kent, the Des Moines Area Food Bank is offering free food to families on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 to 11:45 a.m., and on the third Tuesday of the month from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Visit the food bank's website or call 206-878-2660 for more information.
Highline Area Food Bank
Serving residents of the Highline area, encompassing parts of Burien, SeaTac and Normandy Park, the Highline Area Food Bank is offering free food to families on Tuesday from 12:00 to 2:30 p.m., Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and the second Tuesday of the month from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Visit thefood bank's website or call 206-433-9900 for more information.
Salvation Army Food Pantry
Salvation Army serves low-income residents of White Center as well as people who are homeless. Stop by on weekdays from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Visit thefood pantry's websiteor call 206-767-3150 for more information.
Serving residents of Tukwila, SeaTac, Burien and Boulevard Park, the Tukwila Pantry is open Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Thursday for a free dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Visit thefood pantry's websiteor call 206-431-8293 for more information.
White Center Food Bank
The White Center Food Bank serves residents who live between SW Myrtle St (in West Seattle) to 140th St SW (in Burien), between Puget Sound and Highway 509. The food bank is open on Mondays from 12:00 to 3:45 p.m., and Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. The baby pantry is open on Monday from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m., and Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. No-cook bans are available weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visit thefood bank's website or call 206-762-2848 for more information.
Northwest Harvest is offering free groceries and meals to families and students at their SODO Community Market location. You can pick up pre-bagged produce, prepared foods, and shelf-stable groceries right at the door–no need to enter the grocery area. All are welcome and no ID is required. Learn more about the program including location, hours and services on the Northwest Harvest website.
Any student enrolled in Highline in grades 6-12 may use HealthPoint services at the school-based health centers that offer various primary care resources. Students who have not used either clinic may need to register with the clinic electronically.
Consejo Counseling and Referral Services is serving current clients and accepting new clients through Telehealth. They specialize in services to the Latinx community. Call 206-461-4880 or visit the Consejo Counseling & Referral Services website.
Know the water, know your limits, wear a life jacket! Swimming in pools or in lakes, rivers and ponds is a fun and great source of physical activity. If proper safety measures are not in place, swimming can also be dangerous. Learn more tips from King County.
Rental Housing Association of WA and WA Multifamily Housing Association has a list of rental assistance programs in King County. Most programs are NOT supporting rent currently because of the eviction moratorium in place – focusing more on immediate needs.
King County recently opened up a new eviction prevention and rental assistance program. All families are eligible regardless of immigration status. Eligibility for the program is the following:
Household with income that that does not exceed 50% of the area median income
One or more people in the household have had their income directly or indirectly impacted by COVID-19
One or more people in the household can show they are unstably housed, including being behind on rent, utilities or an eviction notice.
Please call 206-477-1331 or go to the King County website to find out if your eligible and to apply.
If you need further assistance please contact the school counselor/social worker.
UDP is available for income-qualified residential households, call 206-684-3000 or visit Utility Discount Program website. The Utility Discount Program (UDP) offers eligible customers a 60% discount on their Seattle City Light bill and a 50% discount on their Seattle Public Utilities bill.
Seattle City Light (SCL)
Utilities will not be shut off during COVID-19 for residents of Seattle City Light (SCL). Request a deferred payment by phone 206-684-3000 or visit the Seattle City Light website.
Seattle Public Utility (SPU)
Utilities will not be shut off during COVID-19 for residents of Seattle Public Utilities (SPU). Request a deferred payment by phone 206-684-3000 or visit the Seattle Public Utility website.
Puget Sound Energy (PSE)
PSE will temporarily not be disconnecting services for non-payment, will waive late fees, and will work with customers to set-up payment plans and new billing due dates. Visit the Puget Sound Energy website or call 1-866-223-5425 or 253-517-2263.
City of Seattle
The City of Seattle can help people who are struggling to pay their electricity and utilities bills. Eligible households can enroll in the City of Seattle’s Utility Discount Program (UDP), which offers a 60% discount on Seattle City Light bills and a 50% discount on Seattle Public Utilities bills.
Sprint upgraded metered customers to unlimited data, provided customers with additional 20GB of mobile hotspot, offering complimentary rates from US to CDC-defined Level 3 countries to customers with international long-distance plans and activation fees waived. All stores in King County are closed, all transactions must be done on the Spring website or via phone 888-211-4727.
T-Mobile upgraded data plans to unlimited data plans (excluding roaming), provided customers with additional 20GB of mobile hotspot/tethering service, provided Lifeline partners to provide customers additional 5GB of data per month and increased data allowance to schools and students using EmpowerEd digital learning programs to at least 20GB per month for each participant. Visit the T-Mobile website for more information.
Unlimited users get an extra 15GB of high-speed hotspot data and those on metered plans and extra 15GB of highs-peed data, waived activation, overage and late fees, unlimited domestic calling to those who have capped monthly phone minutes, free international calling to CDC level-3 countries, and tripled monthly data allowance for students in Verizon Innovative Learning schools. Visit the Verizon website for more information.
Offering 'Internet Essentials' package free for low-income customers for 60 days. Receive a free self-install kit that includes a cable modem and WIFI router. No term contract. Visit the Comcast website to sign up or call 1-855-846-8376 (English) or 1-855-765-6995 (Spanish).
Opened public hotspots to the public for free. WIFI hotspots in out-of-home locations are available for free to anyone who needs them, including non-Xfinity customers. Find public hotspot locations. Learn more on the Xfinity website and find exact hotspot locations.
Offers a low-cost internet option for qualifying low-income customers. Learn more about the program, including qualifications on the CenturyLink website.
Devices have been handed out to students at various sites. If students still need a device, please reach out to your child's teacher or school office directly. If you need a hotspot, please also reach out directly to your teacher or school office.
Metro services (buses, water taxi and Access paratransit) are free until further notice. Visit the King County Metro website for up to date information on route service and fares, or call 206-553-3000.
Sound Transit will begin charging customers to ride light rail and commuter trains, but buses remain fare-free for now.Visit the Sound Transit website for up-to-date information.
King County ADA Paratransit
Metro Access buses can deliver food from food banks directly to families whose disabilities make it difficult for them to get to the food bank on their own. Call 206-205-5000 or visit the King County ADA Paratransit website.
West Seattle Bridge is closed indefinitely due to cracks (unrelated to COVID19). Public should use 1st Avenue or South Park Bridges. See map. Low-level bridge is restricted to only buses, freight and emergency vehicles (bike and pedestrian access still open).
Many employers are still hiring, even now, so continue your job search through WorkSource or other online job search websites. The job search requirement to receive Unemployment Insurance benefits is now optional due to COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the Worksource website for more information.
Call 211 for comprehensive information on health and human services in King County, or text your zip code to 877-211-9274. You can also use the online database search.
City of Seattle
This web page lists many City of Seattle, King County, WA State, federal, and community programs and services that help residents regardless of where they live. Visit the City of Seattle website for more information.
United Way of King County
Browse additional resources around social services, financial services, tax services, legal services, entertainment, and more. Visit the United Way King County Resource list for more information.
Offers a fast and easy way for families and individuals to apply for a variety of services such as food, cash, childcare, long-term care, and Medicare Savings Programs. Visit the Washington Connection website for more information.
Unemployment benefits are made available through taxes paid by a former employer to partially replace your regular job earnings and help you meet expenses while you look for another job. Benefits are intended to assist workers who lost jobs through no fault of their own and are not based on financial need.
Secure Access Washington allows you to apply online 24 hours a day (via laptop or desktop - no mobile device).