COVID-19: WCFR Services and Ways to Help


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 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 distribute meals and groceries at the restaurant on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 AM – 1 PM.  We provide 12,000-16,000  (prepared meals and groceries) to 300-400 families each week and frozen, individually packaged meals to our Nutrition-to-Go (NTG) partners. We anticipate the need will grow.

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



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 are at the forefront of our mission and our decision-making on how to continue serving the community.

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 and groceries. Our distribution schedule is Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 AM – 1 PM only.
  2. Tents are located in our parking lot. Please join the line for registration; check in and follow directions from our team for meal and grocery pick up.
  3. At all times, practice social distancing, defined as standing 6-8’ feet from other people and, most importantly, staying home if you feel sick.
  4. Registration is not required and there are no qualifications for the program.  However, we will continue to be a safe place for women and children to access nutrition.  An adult female must be present to receive meals and groceries.

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.