Women & 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 the community.
All women and children (boys up to age 19) are welcome at our restaurant. Many diners are single mothers who work or go to school. Often, they struggle to put nutritious meals on the table seven days a week. Some diners are senior citizens, disable or underemployed women who simply cannot make ends meet.
Women and children are greeted, seated and served nutritious restaurant-style meals by volunteer servers. We focus on healthy ingredients and creating a sense of community. Volunteers often join diners at the table to eat. Our diners are not asked to qualify to receive our services.
We broaden our reach to those in need with the help of partner agencies. Nutritious meals are prepared in our kitchen and distributed to women and children in the community through our partner organizations such as Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, Hope House, St. Margaret's Shelter, Transitions, Ronald McDonald House Charities, YWCA and Feed Cheney.
This education program equips women and children with knowledge and resources to improve their overall health and reduce the risk of obesity an diabetes. Support includes cooking workshops, recipes, fresh ingredients, and goal setting for women's health of their families
& 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.