Women & Children's Free Restaurant

Women & Children's Free Restaurant We are currently distributing meals and groceries in our parking lot on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 AM until 1 PM.
What began with a few casseroles served in a church basement has grown into a full-scale restaurant operation that serves 90,000 well-balanced free meals per year to local women and children in our restaurant and at nearly 30 partner agencies across the community. In addition to our meal program, WCFR provides nutrition education classes and kids cooking camps, at no cost. We believe that no one in our community should go hungry, and that promoting dignity, respect, and hospitality is as important as providing delicious food.
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Women & Children's Free Restaurant's cover photo
05/12/2020

Women & Children's Free Restaurant's cover photo

Ladies, our curbside service on Tuesday, May 12 includes our chef’s delicious pork fried rice, beautiful fresh fruit (st...
05/12/2020

Ladies, our curbside service on Tuesday, May 12 includes our chef’s delicious pork fried rice, beautiful fresh fruit (strawberries included!), fresh vegetables, eggs, canned items, chocolate milk, apple juice and more! Stop by from 11 AM to 1 PM at 1408 N Washington. This is a SAFE process that protects YOU. Adult female must be present, but no qualifying or registering required. We’re here for YOU and your family. #wcfrspokane #mealhug #youdeservegoodfood #inlandstrong

So a turkey walks up to the back door of WCFR; is greeted by our chef (who has ongoing food drives); and quickly decides...
05/09/2020

So a turkey walks up to the back door of WCFR; is greeted by our chef (who has ongoing food drives); and quickly decides to social distance. This is the ultimate, "What was I thinking???" moment. All we can say is, thank you Mrs. Tom for visiting. We all need a distraction and a laugh these days. If you encounter a turkey, keep your distance too; they only look friendly. #wcfrspokane

A big THANK YOU to our wonderful donor Susan, who made these beautiful beaded items for all of the mothers picking up me...
05/06/2020

A big THANK YOU to our wonderful donor Susan, who made these beautiful beaded items for all of the mothers picking up meals and groceries today. We are distributing all the makings for a delicious Mother's Day brunch and much more today until 1 PM at 1408 N Washington St. The fresh baked blueberry streusel coffee cake smells amazing!

#wcfrspokane #welovemom #mealhug #youdeservegoodfood #inlandstrong

This one is worth the wait and what every mom deserves! Our restaurant provides meals and groceries, free to the communi...
05/05/2020

This one is worth the wait and what every mom deserves! Our restaurant provides meals and groceries, free to the community with no qualifying or paperwork. We ask that an adult female be present. Drive up and walk up service available. Make time in your day to treat yourself to fresh baked blueberry streusel coffee cake, black forest ham, fresh eggs, milk, fresh fruit and veggies, bread, cookies and so much more!

#wcfrspokane #inlandstrong #happymothersday #mealhug #everyonedeservesgoodfood

How about a little buttery goodness? There's still time to pick up some amazing meals and groceries today. We have Starb...
05/05/2020

How about a little buttery goodness? There's still time to pick up some amazing meals and groceries today. We have Starbucks sandwiches (10-pack) and cookies (5-packs of 3), fresh fruit and veggies, canned items, fresh dairy products and bread. Don't be shy, there is no qualifying and the line is short right now. We're open until 1 PM today at 1408 N Washington Street.

Please join the #GivingTuesdayNow movement by pledging your support for hundreds of families served by Women & Children'...
05/05/2020

Please join the #GivingTuesdayNow movement by pledging your support for hundreds of families served by Women & Children's Free Restaurant. The restaurant is an essential safety net for our existing program families and families now struggling with job losses and other COVID-19 related setbacks. We also provide meals to 19 homeless shelters and care programs across Spokane. Please give what you can - any amount makes a difference in the life of a hungry child. Donate at https://bit.ly/2L1OYbF. Thank you!

Women & Children's Free Restaurant's cover photo
05/05/2020

Women & Children's Free Restaurant's cover photo

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesdayNow! Give generously by donating directly to our programs at https://bit.ly/3c66QxIWCFR is doi...
05/05/2020

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesdayNow! Give generously by donating directly to our programs at https://bit.ly/3c66QxI
WCFR is doing mission-critical work providing meals and groceries to hundreds of local families every week. We also provide meals to 19 homeless shelters and care shelters across the community. A cash contribution in any amount will help underwrite the costs of our services. #wcfrspokane #everyonedeservesgoodfood

05/05/2020
Our chefs have been busy today! Tomorrow, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, from 11 AM to 1 PM we're distributing fresh and shelf sta...
04/28/2020

Our chefs have been busy today! Tomorrow, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, from 11 AM to 1 PM we're distributing fresh and shelf stable groceries and delicious ready-to-bake ITALIAN PASTA DINNER with a special dessert. Please help each other by staying in your vehicle until it's your turn in line. Thank you! #wcfrspokane #italiandinner #inlandstrong #mealhug #youdeservegoodfood PLEASE SHARE WITH OTHERS!

Make some room in your car and head over to 1408 N Washington St, Tuesday, April 28, 11 AM-1 PM. Not only do we have box...
04/27/2020

Make some room in your car and head over to 1408 N Washington St, Tuesday, April 28, 11 AM-1 PM. Not only do we have boxes (yes more than one!) of fresh produce, shelf stable groceries, chicken and potato salad - we have Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar meals just for you! We love Twigs and they love this community! (Did we mention that everything is FREE!). #wcfrspokane #youdeservegoodfood #mealhug #inlandstrong #twigsspokane SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!!!

Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar Buy a Meal, Give a Meal event to benefit WCFR program families is coming up on April 26 and...
04/27/2020

Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar Buy a Meal, Give a Meal event to benefit WCFR program families is coming up on April 26 and 27. Call your favorite Twigs location to place your order - every meal sold buys a meal for a person struggling to make ends meet right now. We'll distribute the meals to families next Tuesday. Be a part of this amazing community effort! #wcfrspokane #twigsspokane #buyamealgiveameal #mealhug

We love Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar. Thank you for supporting Women & Children's Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen.  ...
04/27/2020

We love Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar. Thank you for supporting Women & Children's Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen. Make your Monday a win win! Buy a Meal, Give a Meal with Twigs tonight benefiting WCFR! Thank you Twigs!

For every meal purchased yesterday (4/26) and today (4/27), we will donate one to the Women & Children's Free Restaurant in Spokane!

#BuyAMealGiveAMeal

The Women and Children's Free Restaurant and Community Kitchen is a vital safety net which fills nutritional gaps for women and children in need while fostering dignity and respect, both within the restaurant and in the community.

It takes a village! Please join our efforts to keep families fed by ordering delicious meals from Twigs Bistro and Marti...
04/26/2020

It takes a village! Please join our efforts to keep families fed by ordering delicious meals from Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar on April 26 and 27! You'll be supporting two Spokane favorites: Twigs and Women & Children's Free Restaurant. We'll add the meals to a good stock of groceries for the week ahead. Thank you for supporting families n need - they need you! #wcfrspokane #twigsspokane #twigsBAMGAM #MealHug

Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar Buy a Meal, Give a Meal event to benefit WCFR program families is coming up on April 26 and...
04/24/2020

Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar Buy a Meal, Give a Meal event to benefit WCFR program families is coming up on April 26 and 27. Call your favorite Twigs location to place your order - every meal sold buys a meal for a person struggling to make ends meet right now. We'll distribute the meals to families next Tuesday. Be a part of this amazing community effort! #wcfrspokane #twigsspokane #buyamealgiveameal #mealhug

Spokane, we love you and KXLY 920 News Now for getting the word out for us! Our peanut butter and canned protein drive i...
04/23/2020

Spokane, we love you and KXLY 920 News Now for getting the word out for us! Our peanut butter and canned protein drive is happening now through 3 PM today. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far! If you prefer to give instead of shop, please donate what you can at https://www.wcfrspokane.org/restaurant-donation/ and we'll do the shopping. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! #wcfrspokane #kidslovepeanutbutter #protein

Peanut Butter and Protein Drive Thursday, April 23 from 9 AM to 3 PM at 1408 N. Washington. We need your help or click t...
04/22/2020
Peanut Butter and Protein Drive!

Peanut Butter and Protein Drive Thursday, April 23 from 9 AM to 3 PM at 1408 N. Washington. We need your help or click to donate and we'll do the shopping. Thank you!

We’ll be in our parking lot tomorrow Wed, 4/22 from 11 AM to 1 PM distributing chef-made meals and groceries. We provide...
04/22/2020

We’ll be in our parking lot tomorrow Wed, 4/22 from 11 AM to 1 PM distributing chef-made meals and groceries. We provide a safe place for women and children to access the nutrition they need. This is a free service, no qualifying and safe distancing and other protective measures are in place. We care about you, your health and your families. #wcfrspokane #inlandstrong #wegotthiswa

Are you ready to support two restaurants at one time? Mark your calendar for April 26 & 27 to call your favorite Twigs B...
04/21/2020

Are you ready to support two restaurants at one time? Mark your calendar for April 26 & 27 to call your favorite Twigs Bistro location, then order a meal for you and Twigs will donate a meal to someone in need. Twigs will deliver the donated meals to WCFR that we'll distribute to women and children who need them most. And the food is DELICIOUS!

#wcfrspokane #twigsspokane #inlandstrong #mealhug

This is a special week at Twigs! Starting yesterday (4/20), for every meal sold we will donate a meal for those in need in our community. Your support of our closed dining rooms and takeout only situation has been phenomenal and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting us through this challenging time. The 'Buy a Meal - Give a Meal' program allows us to continue the good and help those who are helping others, and those that just could use a little love at this time.

Again, thank you for your support!

4/20 and 4/21 - Blessings Under the Bridge

4/22 and 4/23 - Providence Sacred Heart and Holy Family

4/24 - Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest

4/25 - Hospice of Spokane

4/26 and 4/27 - Women & Children's Free Restaurant

We'll be open in just a few minutes! Don't hesitate to come down and receive some great meals and food to help get you t...
04/21/2020

We'll be open in just a few minutes! Don't hesitate to come down and receive some great meals and food to help get you through the week. 1408 N Washington St, corner of Washington and Sinto. 11 AM - 1 PM.

We're preparing meals and groceries for tomorrow! Chef Melissa made delicious POTATO & BACON SOUP and Jessica is baking BROWNIES! We have salad makings and dressing and much more ready for you. Come by TUESDAY, APRIL 21 from 11 AM to 1 PM. This is free to you; we just ask that an adult female be present. If you're unwell, please send an adult female in your place. PLEASE SHARE WITH OTHERS - THANK YOU!

#wcfrspokane #wecookforyou #sharingfoodlove #inlandstrong #safetyforwomenandchildren

We're preparing meals and groceries for tomorrow! Chef Melissa made delicious POTATO & BACON SOUP and Jessica is baking ...
04/20/2020

We're preparing meals and groceries for tomorrow! Chef Melissa made delicious POTATO & BACON SOUP and Jessica is baking BROWNIES! We have salad makings and dressing and much more ready for you. Come by TUESDAY, APRIL 21 from 11 AM to 1 PM. This is free to you; we just ask that an adult female be present. If you're unwell, please send an adult female in your place. PLEASE SHARE WITH OTHERS - THANK YOU!

#wcfrspokane #wecookforyou #sharingfoodlove #inlandstrong #safetyforwomenandchildren

Please use your stimulus payment wisely and let us help with your food needs. Fresh produce, cottage cheese, canned item...
04/15/2020

Please use your stimulus payment wisely and let us help with your food needs. Fresh produce, cottage cheese, canned items and fresh baked frittatas (think quiche) are available today until 1:00 PM at 1408 N Washington St. No qualifying and we ask that an adult female be in your vehicle. If you're ill, send a friend in your place and they can pick up for themselves too. We're all in this together!

Join us today for meal and grocery giveaway, 11-1 at 1408 N Washington. We have a special treat today: delicious scratch...
04/15/2020

Join us today for meal and grocery giveaway, 11-1 at 1408 N Washington. We have a special treat today: delicious scratch-made veggie frittatas, baked and ready to reheat. Breakfast, lunch or dinner - just delicious! (adult female in your car, please!) #wcfrspokane #yesitsfree #inlandstrong #everyonedeservesgoodfood #eatyourveggies

We have groceries boxed and ready for distribution Tuesday and Wednesday from 11-1. Lots of fresh produce, shelf stable ...
04/13/2020

We have groceries boxed and ready for distribution Tuesday and Wednesday from 11-1. Lots of fresh produce, shelf stable items, prepared meals and more. No qualifying and your safety is our priority. If you're unwell, please send a friend for you and we'll make sure you have what you need. This is for you! #wcfrspokane

Happy Easter! This may be an especially difficult day for physical distancing, but we must do it. Take some time to reme...
04/12/2020

Happy Easter! This may be an especially difficult day for physical distancing, but we must do it. Take some time to remember those who risk their own health to serve others. Do it for them and for your family and friends. We love our community and want you safe and healthy! #wcfrspokane #stayhome #stayhomestayhealthy #wegotthisWA #inlandstrong

Canned Food Drive: Can you spare a can (or two...)?  If you can, please donate to our canned food drive on Thursday, Apr...
04/09/2020

Canned Food Drive: Can you spare a can (or two...)? If you can, please donate to our canned food drive on Thursday, April 9, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We're located at 1408 N. Washington on the NE corner of Washington and Sinto. Drive up to the building on Sinto Ave. heading west. We'll have bins marked "Proteins," "Vegetables," "Fruit" and "Other" and ask that you sort your donations into the appropriate bins. Members of our team will be in the parking lot to oversee the process and keeping a safe distance from you. Pack up the kids, go for a drive and let them see giving in action! Please share and thank you!

Our Spring Tea online auction is now open to all! Support WCFR by becoming a bidder and finding something special! Click...
04/08/2020

Our Spring Tea online auction is now open to all! Support WCFR by becoming a bidder and finding something special! Click or copy/paste this link: https://wcfrck2020.ggo.bid/ and find the Start Bidding button in the upper right corner. Enter your email and follow the instructions to complete your registration. Every dollar supports our work to keep Spokane families fed during these turbulent times. Bid high! Give generously! Thank you! #wcfrspokane #inlandstrong #spokanestrong

We love pizza and we love you! Don't miss out!
04/08/2020

We love pizza and we love you! Don't miss out!

We have boxes or groceries and meals ready for distribution tomorrow. Come to our take-out tents from 11 AM to 1 PM for ...
04/07/2020

We have boxes or groceries and meals ready for distribution tomorrow. Come to our take-out tents from 11 AM to 1 PM for safe pick up. We're on the corner Washington & Sinto just north of downtown Spokane. Everything is free. No qualifying, please make sure there is an adult female in your vehicle. We care about you and we're here to help!

A big virtual hug to our friends at The Fig Tree for shining a light on our work and superstar volunteer Sue Elmer! http...
04/03/2020
Fig Tree - Women&Children Free Restaurant makes meals

A big virtual hug to our friends at The Fig Tree for shining a light on our work and superstar volunteer Sue Elmer! http://www.thefigtree.org/april20/040120wcfreerestaurant.html

Restaurant prepares meals for other nonprofits Sue Elmer covers face and hands as she works in takeout-tent. Women and Children's Free Restaurant and Community Kitchen (WCFR) is in full gear distributing prepared meals and groceries to as many women, families and organizations as possible, said Lisa...

We are beyond proud of Jessica, our Volunteer Services Manager, for putting on an apron and joining our kitchen team thi...
04/03/2020

We are beyond proud of Jessica, our Volunteer Services Manager, for putting on an apron and joining our kitchen team this week. This is how we’re making it work in the time of COVID-19. Jessica’s chili will fill hungry tummies at shelters across the community. She’s our hero this week! #wcfrspokane #inlandstrong

We're all set to distribute groceries and meals tomorrow from 11 AM to 1 PM. Rain or shine, we'll be in our parking lot ...
04/01/2020

We're all set to distribute groceries and meals tomorrow from 11 AM to 1 PM. Rain or shine, we'll be in our parking lot safety providing good food for you and your family. See you tomorrow! #wcfrspokane #inlandstrong #WeGotThisWA

03/31/2020

FREE GROCERIES AND MEALS! We're open until 1:00 PM today and there's still time! X-large containers of fresh milk, pork tenderloins, fresh produce, shelf stable items and more. If your cupboards and refrigerator are getting bare, don't hesitate to stop by our safe take-out tent at 1408 N Washington now.

We hope you're staying strong and healthy! WCFR is ready to help keep your family fed with two meal and grocery giveaway...
03/30/2020

We hope you're staying strong and healthy! WCFR is ready to help keep your family fed with two meal and grocery giveaway events this week. If you are ill, please rest, keep others safe and send a friend or neighbor (adult female) to pick up a grocery box for you. Please share so that we can reach as many women and children as possible!

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1408 N Washington St
Spokane, WA
99201

Opening Hours

Tuesday 11:00 - 13:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 13:00

Telephone

(509) 324-1995

Services

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Donor Recognition Wall Project

So often in life, we pass through on cruise control without taking the time to stop and really sit with each other. But that all changes when you walk through the door at one Spokane restaurant.

"They not only feed you but they take care of you," said Spokane resident Melinda Brown. "They listen to your story, they ask you questions, they take the time to get to know you as a human being."

Melinda has been coming to the Women and Children's Free Restaurant with her kids Kaden and Soraya three days a week for the last six months.

"This is really a gem," she said.

Melinda is a single mom and realizes how tough to cook a healthy meal for three people every night. When she comes here, though, she finds different meals every week -- for free.

"We get that restaurant feeling but also kind of a home feeling as well. It feels like a second home," she said. "It's helped us immensely. It gives me three days off from cooking, which you know, as a single mom, it's hard to cook a nutritious meal everyday."

Diners like Melinda are treated to a free meal three times a week in a setting that's unlike any food bank or soup kitchen.

"It's actually a dining with dignity experience, so diners show up, there's actually a hostess, they're seated, they're given a menu, which is that choice that so many people who are food insecure don't have in their lives," said board member Ev Hopkins.

Hopkins said from single moms like Melinda to the elderly, there's no average diner at the restaurant. The women and children who eat here are part of the 50,000 in the Spokane area who are food insecure.

"We have single mothers who are trying to stretch their budget. Maybe sometimes we see that more at the end of the month as well when they may have run out of funds," Hopkins said. "There's so much gratitude and so much appreciation for the fact that these women can sit down with their children and have a meal. There's no TV on, they can talk with each other."

The food served at the restaurant is often donated from Second Harvest, food banks, or donors who donate their leftover produce and protein. On tonight's menu? Roast beef, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts and salad.

"Oh their faces light up. They so enjoy being here. They give us little notes of 'thank you,'" said volunteer Sue Elmer.

An experience and environment like this is something many of us take for granted -- but not Melinda.

"They don't look at you for what you lack," she said. "They see you as a person and they treat you with dignity and respect."

Hopkins and Elmer said the restaurant wouldn't be able to serve families like Melinda's without help from the community. On Thursday, February 14th, the KXLY Extreme Team helped set up a recognition wall to honor all the donors who have helped them along the way.

Story by KXLY Reporter, Taylor Graham February 13, 2019

Find out how you can contribute to the Women & Children’s Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen Capital Campaign here

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Thank you to all the lovely ladies, that continue to forge ahead in taking care of the community. A fantastic group who does so much and such a great job all the time. We miss being there with you.
Cheers to these great humans.they need to be congratulated in the most respectful way.
Is the food giveaway still going to go in tomorrow
Did you say today you guys are doing a food giveaway
DATE CORRECTION FROM PRIOR POST: The Spirit of Spokane Chorus would like to invite you all to a special presentation next Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., at our rehearsal, at Opportunity Presbyterian Church, 202 N. Pines, Spokane Valley, as we present our donation check to the nonprofit we supported in the show, Women and Children's Free Restaurant. The press has been invited and we will sing a few numbers because that's what we do! Founded in 1988, Women and Children's Free Restaurant started out serving 15-20 meals weekly and is now a two-time AGORA Award winning nonprofit that provides free, nutritious meals to women and children living in Spokane, Washington. WCFR served 81,000 meals in 2018! Respect, dignity and a sense of community continue to be core values of WCFR, which fall in line with the values of the Spirit of Spokane Chorus. Non-profit’s supporting non-profits is what it’s all about. We welcome all to this special evening!
The Spirit of Spokane Chorus would like to invite you all to a special presentation next Tuesday, December 5, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., at our rehearsal, at Opportunity Presbyterian Church, 202 N. Pines, Spokane Valley, as we present our donation check to the nonprofit we supported in the show, Women and Children's Free Restaurant. The press has been invited and we will sing a few numbers because that's what we do! Founded in 1988, Women and Children's Free Restaurant started out serving 15-20 meals weekly and is now a two-time AGORA Award winning nonprofit that provides free, nutritious meals to women and children living in Spokane, Washington. WCFR served 81,000 meals in 2018! Respect, dignity and a sense of community continue to be core values of WCFR, which fall in line with the values of the Spirit of Spokane Chorus. Non-profit’s supporting non-profits is what it’s all about. We welcome all to this special evening!
Great Place with Great People!!
I am the Secretary for the Inland Empire Blues Society and we are holding our 24th annual Blues Cats for Kids to raise money for your charity. Please contact me through email, messenger or phone [email protected], 509 999-1145. Please help us advertise this event on March 16.
Had the Bundt cake last night with all my relatives. It was AWESOME! I think you! May have to share that recipe with us! 🦃
Would be nice if the change in schedule were posted here for those who need it. Show that the restuarant will be opening again on Sept 4th . Today there were 8 prople there at 11 who did not know about the closure. 5 of them had never been there before and had 2 schoolage 5/6 children with them. Needless to say they were disappointed.
What's for dinner tonight?
TGIF! cheers!