There’s no question medical professionals are dealing with extra stress these days. The outpouring of support and expressions of thanks have been widespread, including from Seattle-area restaurants. Here’s a list of places donating food to health care workers, with information on how the public can donate to the efforts, if applicable; if you know of others, or have spotted changes, email us a tip at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The internationally influenced Capitol Hill restaurant is donating meals one to three times a week to area hospitals and clinics, including Country Doctor Community Health Center, UW Emergency Department, and EvergreenHealth. The public can donate through Nue’s website. So far, the restaurant has donated more than 500 meals.
Anju Bar and Eatery
Sam Jo, the owner of White Center’s Korean-influenced Anju Bar and Eatery, received an influx of monetary donations to prop up his business. Jo funneled those funds back into the community and has been intermittently donating meals to places like Pacific Medical Centers and Sea Mar Community Health Centers.
Woodinville’s high-end, farm-to-table restaurant has completely shut down its dining room operations and will focus solely on giving away meals to healthcare workers. The restaurant is accepting donations through a GoFundMe page. So far, Herbfarm’s effort has resulted in 2,800 meals to medical teams at Evergreen, Overlake, Virginia Mason, Swedish, Kaiser Permanente, and other hospitals.
The excellent Japanese restaurant headed by soba master Mutsuko Soma has sent meals to health care workers at UW Medical Center and Swedish. The restaurant is occasionally soliciting monetary contributions for the effort; updates are available on the restaurant’s Facebook page.
This Vietnamese restaurant is partnering with Seattle Science Foundation to fund meals for health care workers over a 90-day span. Donors can contribute to the mission through online donations.
Pioneer Square’s Indian restaurant is donating meals to health care workers on a weekly basis through the organization Off Their Plate, which partners with World Health Kitchen.
The London Plane
Harborview Medical Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital staff are among the recipients of meals from this acclaimed Pioneer Square Mediterranean restaurant.
With a permanent dining room in the works down the road, hyper-local fine dining pop-up Surrell is donating meals to health care workers via Off Their Plate.
Cafe Con Todo
This Fremont coffee shop has closed its doors to regular customers and is focusing completely on donations of drinks, snacks, and pastries. In the first week, the cafe donated 700 cups of coffee and tea to to hospitals and nursing homes. The cafe is collecting donations through its website for the effort.
Rainier Restaurant and BBQ
The Vietnamese-focused restaurant on MLK Way in South Seattle has been donating meals periodically to local hospitals, including the Holly Park Clinic, Harborview, Swedish, and Seattle Children’s. Donors who would like to support the effort can Venmo Stacey-Van1, with 100 percent of the money going to the effort.
Pioneer Square D&E
This Pioneer Square restaurant has been working a campaign called “Feed the Frontlines” to deliver meals to Children’s Hospital. Those who want to donate can do so here.
The Texas-style barbecue specialist works with Frontline Foods Seattle, which funnels donations to local restaurants to feed hospital workers.
Some Random Bar
The low-key Belltown spot — still open for takeout — recently cooked up some fried chicken dinners to workers at Swedish Hospital.
Restaurants Partnering with We Got This Seattle
Pagliacci Pizza, Zaika, FOB Poke Bar, Top Pot Doughnuts, Cook Weaver, Rubinstein Bagels, Portage Bay Cafe, and several others are among the restaurants contributing meals to We Got This Seattle. Local science writer Ellen Kuwana started the initiative and has so far fed more than 5,000 frontline health workers across 15 sites over the past month.