On Friday, March 12, 2020, we started hearing the most heartwarming stories in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Basically put, it’s businesses who are stepping up to help others in their community deal with the crisis in a meaningful way. We want to encourage more businesses and everyone in the community to think outside the box. If everyone chips in, we can make a positive effort in dealing with the pandemic.
This is by no means intended to be a complete list. But we’ll continue to add to this list as we hear about new developments.
Send us a link if you hear about other superheroes in the fight against coronavirus to email@example.com.
Coronavirus Champions in Seattle
PCC Community Markets and Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets are coordinating an effort to buy produce from Washington farms, which will be donated to partner programs who are in need of fresh food. The first donation during this time — $80,000 — was raised by PCC members and shoppers. You can continue to support this effort by donating through April 24, or anytime so support the PCC Food Bank program: https://www.pccmarkets.com/sustainability/food-bank-program/donate/
Mukilteo furniture maker Kaas Tailored converts factory to make surgical masks. Kaas Tailored has converted their Mukilteo furniture factory to make thousands of surgical masks per day. They join other efforts across the country, including Gastonia in North Carolina and Hanesbrands in North Carolina. In addition, Microsoft is donating surgical masks along with hand sanitizers, box lunches, and additional medical supplies to people in the Puget Sound area.
FareStart emergency meal service. FareStart is doing what it has done for nearly 30 years – feeding communities in need. In fact, they’re gearing up to serve more meals than ever before. Working closely with government, community, and foodservice partners, they are going to serve more than 15,000 emergency meals a day to support shelters, quarantine and isolation centers, and other communities in need during the COVID-19 crisis. FareStart students will continue to be supported with housing, meals, counseling and other services. They are also working to extend support to former FareStart graduates who have been laid off due to this crisis. More info or donate: https://www.farestart.org/responding-covid-19
Seattle Artists Relief Fund Amid COVID-19. Those in the arts community or who are close to the arts community know the financial pressure that have long been increasing for those in the arts, especially for artists of color. Seattle has so far been the city hardest hit by the COVID-19 coronavirus. This GoFundMe page will help over 200 applicants with meaningful relief. So please keep sharing this fundraiser so more artists can be helped. More info or donate: https://www.gofundme.com/f/for-artists
Third Place Books Seward Park buys Ark Lodge gift certificates. To support local businesses, particularly those that function as community gathering spaces, Third Place Books encourages buying gift cards as a way to help vulnerable businesses stay afloat right now. They put their money where there mouth is and picked up gift cards to Columbia City’s Ark Lodge Cinemas for all of Third Place Books staff. #shopsmall #shopindie #smallbusiness #shoplocal (Honestly, this one brought us to tears. It’s a win-win-win and brilliant thinking.)
Free food for kids
Free hot lunch for Seattle Public School students. Beginning Monday, March 16, Seattle Public Schools will be distributing lunches from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every weekday at school sites throughout the city. All SPS students can participate. Lunch distribution sites can be found on the family resource page.
Free hot lunch for students in the Rainier Beach Community. WA-BLOC and FEEST Seattle providing free hot lunch for students in the Rainier Beach Community tomorrow and every Tuesday/Thursday while schools remain closed! 11:30-1pm at Rainier Beach Community Center plaza. Spread the word!
Kids Eat Free at Raconteur Restaurant in Seward Park. Kids eat free all day every day. One free kids meal with paying adult. Not good with any other promotional offer. Dine in or order to go.