Community Lunch On Capitol Hill

Rating: 5 stars   22 reviews

Issues: Food

Location: 1710 11th Ave Seattle WA 98122 USA

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
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 05-0566668
206-322-7500
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My living in the park for six months

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have a larger donor base

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the community rally around it as a supportive environment/organization dedicated to a seriously overlooked population: the hungry.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand it to include more meals per week.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Over 25 years of providing quality hot lunches to homeless and low-income people in Seattle on a shoestring budget. The majority of that time, the organization was entirely run by volunteers. The first lunch was served to ten people. We now serve between 200 to 350+ every meal! The true stars of the organization are the volunteers, many of whom show up weekly, monthly or sometimes for every meal (Tuesdays and Fridays). Other volunteers pitch in too

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

You can see at each meal that this is a well run organization. Even with the inherent chaos of 300 people moving in and out of the dining room, and all the tasks that need to get accomplished, it is a well oiled machine! The guests who eat are served with diginity. And many receive other services, such as mental health evaluations, help with referrals. Some of our guests take their first steps toward getting into housing or accessing benefits at the Lunch.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase our resources and staff time to allow for more meals a week (something we are working on already). And continue to build relationships with other organizations (such as mental health chalplaincy) that can provide additional services to our lunch guests.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a volunteer with Community Lunch for over a year. This organization provides so much more than a warm meal. Many additional services are provided including access to health care, a dedicated social worker, mentoring and job training programs. I am so proud to be associated with this organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've witnessed the gratitude of our guests.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand their ability to serve the community, with additional meal programs.

 
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