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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Congregate Meals, Food

Mission: For more than twenty-five years, Community Lunch on Capitol Hill has been passionate about its mission to provide nutritious meals and hospitality to low-income and homeless adults, youth, and families. Our mission statement: Feeding the Community, Serving the Community, Creating Community. Community Lunch creates community by bringing in volunteers from throughout the region to provide critical nutrition to the most vulnerable members of our community.

Results: Community Lunch now serves over 30,000 hot meals each year, averaging 250 guests at each lunch. Hundreds of volunteers from throughout the region make this possible on a shoe-string budget

Target demographics: Community Lunch is open to all with no questions asked, but our primary demographic is homeless and low-income people in the Seattle area.

Geographic areas served: Seattle metro

Programs: In addition to the full, free hot meal Community Lunch provides other services to those guests who request them. We have a social worker, information and referral specialists, mental health experts, medical advice, free flu shots (in season), clothing, toiletries and a book exchange

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I donate and volunteer at Community Lunch on Capitol Hill. It's a great organization that provides hot meals, clothing, medical assistance and other services to homeless and hungry people. Volunteers prepare and serve meals three times a week - there's great camaraderie among the volunteers and it's clear how important both the food and the sense of community is to the people Community Lunch serves. This is a grass roots organization that makes a real impact on people's lives. Food donations from local supermarkets, farmers' markets and restaurants help every dollar stretch a long way. I feel my donations to Community Lunch help make a difference in the lives of people in our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place does an amazing job of feeding a whole lot of people. When possible, they give out toiletries as well.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered periodically over the past 4 or so years at Community Lunch on Capitol Hill. It is so well organized and so well run. There is always plenty of food for all the folks that need it. Don does a tremendous job. The main course is always healthy. There is food prepared for the folks to take with them. Sometimes there are hygiene products there.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for Community Lunch is such a rewarding experience because of everyone involved - from the staff, to the Board of Directors, Central Lutheran Church, All Pilgrims Church, and all the other congregations, a host of volunteers and especially our guests. It's always such a joy for me to return and see all the familiar faces.
Kudos go especially to the Director, Don Jensen (arm twister extrordinaire) who has an incredible ability to find the amazing amount of resources that it takes to make this program such a success.

The challenges we face in helping those in need will continue and may even increase in the future which makes it even more imperative that we all support successful programs like this one.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for what is now Community Lunch for 15 years. When I began it was a small program administered by Lutheran Social Services which relied on volunteer church congregations to provide and serve homemade pots of soup, bread and homemade desserts to 75 to 100 guests once a week. I still marvel at the changes that have happened to this service since that time! We now serve full balanced meals with a choice of hot entrees to 200 - 300 guests twice a week, and in addition, offer social services to help guests find access to other community and government resources. A large part of the credit for the excellence of the program is to due to the current director. He has done an amazing job of: finding cost-free resources (restaurants, grocery stores and food banks) for the high quality food stuffs used in the meals we serve; obtaining donations from companies and organizations for equipment such as freezers, refrigerators and stoves; organizing and administering fund raisers; and most of all recruiting volunteers.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I became aware of the lunch program when I was a resident of the park across the street. They fed me two times a week and they were a blessing from God. The meals were always good , the volunteers treated all who entered with a smile and they never looked down on anyone.
When I came to live inside again, and the lunch became a non profit I was asked to be a founding member of the board. I am now serving my second term.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was invited for a presentation.
Great food and great service.

amylakhani

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is grassroots outreach at its best. People in need have a reliable place to get fed and find community. Volunteers have an compelling opportunity to jump in and serve. As the former director of CLCH, I love the cause and people too much to leave. Eight years later, I'm still one of CLCH's biggest fans as I sit on the board of directors. I consider it an honor to be involved in this organization's critical work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This program is over twenty years old and has grown from serving ten meals twice a week to serving over 250 people every Tuesday and Friday noon. Everyone enjoys the hot entrees and the variety of fresh salads, yoghut and deserts. I have been helping for several years and I appreciate the time with the clients and the other volunteers and staff . It becomes like an extended, caring family having a good meal together.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered last Spring for 4 months as a service learning experience for my school. It was one of the best volunteering experiences I have ever had because of that fact we were given the opportunity to have face to face interactions with the clients and the jobs were varied. Part of it was due to the great vibe the volunteers had when we all worked together (it was a lot of fun) and the other part was the interactions with the clients. Not only were they fed with hot delicious food every Tuesday and Friday, but I felt they were treated with respect and dignity, which is important since society tries to make these marginalized people invisible or feel shame for getting help. I liked the fact that we didn't ID anyone or make them have to attend programs to enable them to eat. Furthermore, even though we couldn't given them double portions when they got their food, they were always welcome to go back in line as many times as they wished, and were given the option to get to go containers when we would have extra food. It was open to anyone and everyone no strings attached. =)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A team of co-workers and I volunteered at the Community Lunch on Capitol Hill almost three years ago and have been going back ever since! This is a great place ran by great people! Several of our team members, including myself have gone back to Community Lunch to help prepare and serve hot meals. I always leave there amazed at the efficiency, sense of community and the overwhelming amount of food! Community Lunch has served a different meal every time I have ever volunteered. These meals are not only hot and healthy, but tasty too! The patrons are welcomed at the front door, receive a hot meal served on real plates, they are even given to go boxes and sometimes toiletries. This is a warm and safe environment not only for the homeless, but for the volunteers. I enjoy volunteering at the Community Lunch on Capitol Hill as I feel I benefit just as much as the patrons we serve. I highly recommend anyone getting involved with the Community Lunch Program!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an outstanding program and a great place to volunteer. The program is very well run, high quality food is consistently prepared and clients are treated with respect and dignity. It is a warm, welcoming and supportive atmosphere. It is also a lot of fun to volunteer here. There are volunteers who have participated for many years and are deeply committed to the needs of the people being served.