With businesses and schools closing, the community is relying on each other now more than ever. This resource list features food, health supports and general resources, primarily for King, Pierce and Snohomish counties and will be consistently updated. Send information to edlab@seattletimes.com. For educational resources and ways to entertain your children during the extended school closure, visit our new Kids Corner and our Educational Resources page

General Resources

2-1-1 — You can call 2-1-1 from any phone to be connected to a list of statewide resources for everything from food and diapers to rental assistance and bus fare. You can also search their online database.

King County Veterans’ Program — This program supports low-income veterans with assistance for rent, utilities, food, and other basic necessities. They also have resources for seeking employment and dealing with legal issues. Check out their website or call 206-477-8282.

State government website — The state’s new one-stop shop for government advice and updates about the pandemic.

Resources for Immigrants  This list from One America includes resources at the city, state and federal levels for people with and without documents. It includes some resources in Spanish.

Rental assistance list — The Rental Housing Association of Washington and the Washington Multifamily Housing Association put together this list of rental assistance programs in King County.


Right Now Needs Fund — The Alliance for Education in partnership with Amazon has funds for any Seattle Public Schools student with an unmet basic need such as food, clothing, shelter, medical supplies or school supplies. Contact your school principal to let them know your needs. Find out more about the fund here.

COVID-19 Mutual Aid Societies — These groups of volunteers will help deliver food and other supplies to your home in parts of the Pacific Northwest, including the Seattle area. Learn what’s available in your area here. In Seattle, you can request support or volunteer through this link. The forms are in multiple languages.

East African Community Services — This organization is providing homework help, limited child care, translation services, food, diapers and other supplies for families. They are both offering help and in need of help. You can find out more here.

Digital Library Cards — Physical libraries aren’t open, but digital libraries are. If you don’t have a library card for Seattle Public Libraries, you can get a digital-only version here, which allows access to thousands of e-books, audiobooks and other resources. You can access the King County Library System with their digital access card. Apply here.


Map of food sites — This Google Map compiled by Kaleb Germinaro shows food distribution sites, food banks and other resources for Duwamish, Suquamish, Coast Salish Land Schools. Here’s another one from the city of Seattle, which includes information about operating hours and eligibility.

School food distribution sites — Washington schools Superintendent Chris Reykdal promised that food will be available for all families at all schools during the closure, even if they are not part of the free or reduced-price lunch program. School districts are listing their distribution sites and other resources, such as academic information and child care options, on their websites:


Bellevue School District

Federal Way Public Schools

Highline Public Schools

Kent School District

Lake Washington School District

Renton School District

Seattle Public Schools

Shoreline Public Schools

Tacoma Public Schools

Tukwila School District

Food banks — Hours and locations vary throughout the region. The Seattle Food Community has provided this map showing the locations of food banks around the area.

Free meals in Rainier Beach —Wa-BLOC is providing free meals on Tuesday and Thursday from 1-3 p.m. at the Rainier Beach Community Center Plaza. Details here.

Free meals from Musang Restaurant — This Filipinx restaurant in Beacon Hill is now a community kitchen offering free meals for anyone who needs them, no questions asked, noon to 6 p.m. daily. More info here.

Free meals in Bellevue (ended May 29) — Boys & Girls Club – Bellevue has partnered with T-Mobile, Bis On Main and DELelectable BBQ and Catering to distribute hundreds of free dinners to the community Monday-Friday at 4 p.m. at their Downtown, Hidden Village, Eastside Terrace, and Spiritwood Manor Clubhouses. This is in addition to the food that they provide during the child care programs. More information on their offerings here.

Child care

Free child care for first responders First Responders First is offering free child care for first responders at the Bright Horizons location in Pioneer Square in Seattle. They have 40 spots for children ages 4 weeks to 12 years. You can find out more information here. To ask about availability, email pioneersquare@brighthorizons.com or call 253-245-3070.

Seattle Public Schools —Working in partnership with community organizations, the school district is opening 12 elementary schools around Seattle to provide child care for essential workers. You can find the list of locations and who to contact at this link. Find out more about how they are doing it here.


Child Care Aware of Washington — This statewide nonprofit operates a database of licensed child care providers. You can search its database online or call its Family Center Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at 1-800-446-1114.

Existing child care centers — Some existing child care centers around the state are offering drop-in care for their open spots. This list was compiled by Alyssa Kidd, who runs a center in Tacoma.

YMCA of Greater Seattle The Y is turning its 14 closed branches into child care centers for the families of medical personnel, first responders and anyone who needs to work to support the community. They have capacity for 700 kids total, who will be broken up into groups of no more than 10 and provided with snacks and lunch.

You can find a list of sites here and register by emailing registration@seattleymca.org. In the Northshore district, they’ll continue providing care at Kenmore, Fernwood and Maywood elementary schools.

Boys & Girls Club The Boys & Girls Club will be offering a full day of care for school-aged children at its clubs around Seattle. There are no additional costs for current club members. Others will have to pay a $50 membership fee and a $25-per-day fee to attend. New teen members will pay just the $50 membership fee. Find your local club here and call to find out its hours. Capacity at each club will be limited to 50, including staff. Everyone who enters the club will be screened for symptoms. 

Bellevue Boys & Girls Club will also be offering full days of care with extended hours and three meals per day for essential workers and vulnerable children. Find out more here.


Weekdays — A new technology company called Weekdays helps pair vetted in-home child care providers with nearby families. They are working with providers, such as parents, educators, and nannies, to set up “home pods” of three or fewer children. They are focused on providing care for families where the adults have to continue working.

The company vets potential providers in two ways — a federal database or a quicker background check — and lets parents choose the option they prefer. Some providers are licensed; others are license-exempt because of the duration of the services. If you are in need of child care or can provide services, you can reach Weekdays by texting 425-200-5127.


Pandemics affect you mentally and physically. It’s OK to seek help, even if you just need someone to talk to. 

Free Teledoc from CHI Franciscan — Free virtual care visits for anyone with mild symptoms of COVID-19. Go to their website.

Disaster Distress Helpline — 1-800-985-5990 — This 24/7/365 service from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides crisis counseling for people going through both natural and human-caused disasters. It’s free, multilingual and confidential. You can also text TalkWithUs to 66746.

TeenLink — This Washington-based service is staffed by teen volunteers who receive 60 hours of training and often have experienced mental health issues themselves. The peer-to-peer connections make young people feel more comfortable sharing their concerns. The service can connect teens to local resources as well. 


You can call 1-866-TEENLINK (833-6546) to talk by phone from 6-10 p.m. nightly or text from 6-9:30 p.m. You can also call, chat or text in to connect with an adult substance use specialist from 1-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

If you are an adult looking to help a young person, there are resources on the TeenLink website or you can call 1.866.4CRISIS.

Crisis Connections —866-427-4747— This 24/7 number provides immediate support and resources for people in emotional crisis and will help you determine if you or your loved one needs professional help. They provide immediate translation into 155 languages.

Support groups for people with chronic illnesses — The Center for Chronic Illness offers free, professionally facilitated, web-based support groups for people who have chronic illnesses or paralysis. Learn more and sign up here.

Washington Recovery Help Line — People experiencing substance misuse disorders, problem gambling and other mental health challenges can call or text 1-866-789-1511. They can help refer you to medical providers who provide medications for opioid use disorders and have been tracking program closures and changes since early March. You can also email them here. Find more information on their website.

Public health information — King County is frequently updating its information page about COVID-19, including guidance on what to do if you think you might have it. This includes translations into many languages on printable PDFs. Click on this link and scroll down for the translations.