COVID-19: WCFR Services and Ways to Help

TO OUR COMMUNITY

As a valued member of the Women & Children’s Free Restaurant family, I’d like to include you in our plans to help reduce spreading of COVID-19 while continuing our mission to fill nutritional gaps for low-income seniors, women, teens and children. School closures and other disruptions to daily life are particularly difficult for people facing hunger. Now, more than ever we need your support to continue our programs feeding Spokane’s most vulnerable families.

Women & Children’s Free Restaurant is actively monitoring developments related to COVID-19 and is taking proactive measures to protect the health and well-being of the people we serve, our partner agencies, our volunteers and our staff.

With your help, we will be positioned to distribute healthy, meals at our restaurant and at other local nonprofit organizations, such as Catholic Charities, Transitions, Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, Family Promise, Volunteers of America and many others at no cost to those agencies and their program families.

COVID-19 is likely to lead to more people turning to WCFR for help in the coming days. Parents will need to miss work during school closures and many workers may lose income because of company slowdowns and employment lay-offs. Your donation today will allow us to fill nutritional gaps for these individuals and their families.

Effective immediately, for the safety and protection of our diner families, we are replacing all in-house meal services with a takeout meal option. Currently, we will distribute fresh and frozen meals at the restaurant on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 AM – 1 PM. Our diners will receive up to ten (10) meals per visit to support their nutritional needs throughout the week.  We anticipate providing a minimum of 3,000 or more healthy, prepared meals per week, on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition, all Nutrition-to-Go (NTG) partners will have the option of receiving individually packaged, frozen meals for distribution to the people they serve.

We will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19, and adapt to the growing needs of our community. You’ve honored us with your trust and support over the years, and we need your continued financial assistance now more than ever. If you can give, please do so by clicking the link below to our secure online giving site. Thank you for being as generous as you can.

With gratitude,

Lisa Diffley
Executive Director

PLEASE DONATE TODAY


TO OUR PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS AND FAMILIES WHO NEED OUR SUPPORT

Like so many of you, Women & Children’s Free Restaurant is closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 and its effects on the community.  We are also taking direction from our elected officials and public health officials for ways to reduce spreading of the virus. The health and well-being of our diners, volunteers, staff and others at the forefront of our mission and our decisions on how to continue serving the community.

With school closures and other measures to reduce spreading of the virus, access to healthy meals is a growing concern. We are doing everything possible to ensure that our existing diners and many other women and children have access to the meals they need at WCFR. Here are some of the governor’s extraordinary and necessary restrictions that require WCFR to cease serving meals in our dining room.

  1. Jay Inslee shut down restaurants, bars and entertainment, and recreational activities. The order will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, March 7, 2020.
  2. The governor also announced a moratorium on all events consisting of over 50 attendees, mirroring new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  3. All public and private K-12 schools will close from March 17, 2020 until April 24, 2020.

In response to these orders, WCFR will begin a new process for distributing meals to our programs families and others beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  Here’s how it will work:

  1. We are replacing all in-house meal services with takeout meals. Currently, we will distribute fresh and frozen meals at the restaurant on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 AM – 1 PM only. Our diners will receive up to ten (10) meals per visit to support their nutrition needs throughout the week.  We anticipate providing 3,000 meals per week, on a first-come, first-served basis.
  2. A tent will be set up in our parking lot. Please join the line for registration; check in and follow directions from our team for meal pick up.
  3. At all times, practice social distancing, which is to not shaking hands, avoiding crowds, standing 6-8’ feet from other people and, most important, staying home if you feel sick.
  4. If you need to register fill out a registration form, please bring your own pen.

If you have any of these symptoms, please stay home and avoid spreading illness to others:

  • Sniffles or Runny Nose
  • Fever
  • Dry Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Chills
  • Body Aches
  • Sore Throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

We will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19, and adapt to the growing needs of our community. You’ve honored us by allowing us to help keep you and your family fed and we looking forward to supporting you during this difficult time.

Important Resources

Spokane Regional Health District Personal Preparedness – How to plan for COVID-19

Spokane Regional Health District Travel Information Page

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2019 Novel Coronavirus Cases in the United States

Washington State Dept. of Health 2019 Novel Coronavirus Cases in Washington state

Washington State Dept. of Health 2019 Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet

Washington State Dept. of Health Public Health Connection (blog):

This page is intended to provide information about COVID-19, precautions that are being taken and prevention measures you can take, as well as information on the effects of measures various governments are taking to stem the outbreak.

This page is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered to be providing medical or legal advice. In all instances, you should consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances.