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Community Lunch on Capitol Hill

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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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.


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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.