Women and Children's Free Restaurant (WCFR)
1408 N. Washington
Spokane, WA 99201
Women and youth
Women & Children's Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen (WCFR) 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.
Who We Serve
All women and children (boys up to age 19) are welcome to 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, disabled or underemployed women who simply cannot make ends meet.
Curbside distribution of prepared meals and groceries is available Tuesday and Wednesday from 12 pm - 3 pm.
On distribution days, groceries and prepared meals are available curbside for those arriving by car, and at a distribution tent for those arriving on foot. Staff and volunteers will direct you through the process and assist with loading food into your trunk or rear cargo area.
Face masks covering nose and mouth are required on WCFR property, while receiving food at WCFR, and when conversing with distribution team members.
Restaurant Meals - CURRENTLY SUSPENDED
Our flagship program started in 1988, Restaurant Meals offers nutritious meals and dignified service for families in need. Women and children are greeted, seated and served scratch made, restaurant-style meals by volunteer servers. Diners sit together to encourage conversation and 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 by providing nutritious, scratch-made meals to 28 partner agencies. Our goal is to complement the services of other social services agencies through a collaborative effort to improve the quality of life of women, children and families through healthy meals. Nutrition-to-Go provides meals at no cost to our partner organizations, and our partners agree to provide the meals to their program participants at no cost.
Partner agencies include: Anna Ogden Hall (UGM), CAPA, Catholic Charities Counseling, Cup of Cool Water, Crosswalk (VOA), Family Promise of Spokane, Feed Cheney, Hope House (VOA), Jonah Project, Next Generation Zone, North Central High School, Odyssey Youth Movement, Open Doors, Our Place Community Ministries, Partners with Families & Children, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Shadle Park Presbyterian Church, Southwest Spokane Community Center, SPEAR Ministries, Inc., St. Margaret's Shelter, Transitional Living Center, Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, West Central Community Center, Women's Hearth, YWCA Women's Opportunity Center, and YWCA Safe House.
Equipping women and children with knowledge and resources to improve their overall health and reduce the risk of obesity and diabetes. Support includes cooking workshops and goal setting for women's health, and the health of their families.
Volunteering at WCFR
Learn More about Volunteering at WCFR:
Dishwasher - IN-PERSON
Ensures that all dishes are properly washed and put away in designated locations. Also assists with general cleaning in kitchen. Time commitment: up to 4 hours per shift.
Driver - IN-PERSON
Responsible for pick-up of donated food and/or delivery of Nutrition-to-Go meals and equipment from the Restaurant. Time Commitment: once per week for 4 hours.
Grocery Packager - IN-PERSON
Packaging duos work together to create boxes of assorted items to distribute to families during meal & grocery distributions. A sample box is created to guide you. Other duties may include keeping inventory of items, sorting food, and cleaning workspace at the end of the shift. Time commitment: up to 4 hours per shift.
Kitchen Assistant - IN-PERSON
Utilize your skills by assisting our chef and culinary staff with a variety of tasks. Tasks may include, but are not limited to, food prep, light cooking, packaging prepared meals, washing dishes, and cleaning work area.
Meal & Grocery Distribution - IN-PERSON
Distributors work together with a lead staff member to offer a contactless meal and grocery pickup twice/week (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) outside the restaurant. Place food directly into trunks of those who arrive curbside for contactless pickup, assist individuals for our walk-up pickup option, and guide individuals on our processes for safe distancing.
Meal Packager - IN-PERSON
Work together in teams of two to package prepared foods to distribute to our partner organizations through our Nutrition-to-Go program and program families. Maintain proper food portioning, use machinery as instructed, and label packaging. Other tasks may include line set-up and general cleaning of work area.
Traffic Control - IN-PERSON
Ensure that all vehicles line up and travel toward WCFR. Know WCFR Grocery & Meal Distribution policies and processes and answer questions of participants. Support safe and contactless services. Time commitment: up to 3 hours per shift.
Are you ready for the next step? Contact our wonderful Volunteer Services Manager, Jessica Gebhardt at (509) 324-1995, ext. 300.