It is hard to believe that so many in our
community have so little. Even worse, many of those in need are women
and children. At the time Women & Children's Free Restaurant &
Community Kitchen (WCFR) was founded, there were many meal programs for
men, but few for women and families. Women and children who live in
poverty are most vulnerable. Many are living in or trying to escape from
domestic violence. Our program is meant to provide nourishment for
women and children in a safe environment.
51% of children attending Spokane County Schools
applied for the federal free/reduced meal program. That's one in four
children who do not have adequate, nutritious food on a regular basis.
As part of the same community that so desperately
needs our help, we hope that you consider playing a positive role in the
lives of these less fortunate women and children. WCFR provided 55,000
healthy meals last year and is on track to serve 60,000 meals in 2017.
If you are unable to attend our Dinner on the Bridge, please consider a cash donation to support our mission. If you would like personal assistance with your giving plans, please contact:
Paige McKee, Development & Communications Director
509-324-1995 ext. 305
& Children's Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen is a vital
safety net that fills nutritional gaps for women and children in need
while fostering dignity and respect, both within our restaurant and in
serves nutritious restaurant-style meals three times weekly, provides
healthy meals to 24 other local nonprofit programs in our community, and
offers a weekly nutrition education class. Our partner agencies provide
services such as job training, homeless shelters, domestic violence
assistance, child care, after school programs, and support for youths.
This unique collaboration connects our most vulnerable citizens with
basic needs to improve their quality of life.
dignity, self-sufficiency and mutual respect are key components of our
services. We’re committed to helping create a strong and vibrant
community and future. Food insecurity is defined as having unreliable
access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. In
Spokane County, this problem affects at least 73,000 people – fully 15%
of our residents and about 1 out of 4 children (USDA 2013). We leverage
50 tons of donated food and 16,000 volunteer hours annually to provide
our services. We operate with a small staff of 7.5 FTEs and 150
volunteers each week.
WCFR is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Tax ID 91-1399742.