The Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy – Providing Food for Communities in Need

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged our community in many ways, but we are grateful for how our partners and community members have come together to support their neighbors. Self-isolation of vulnerable community members and unemployment due to business closures have unfortunately increased food insecurity across the region.  In response to our communities’ most pressing needs, the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL) created a time-limited pop-up food program. Through a partnership with FareStart, King County Veterans Program (KCVP) Social Service Professionals (SSPs) and participating VSHSL partners worked to distribute 25,695 meals throughout King County to veterans, seniors and other communities in need.

Thank you to our food program partners!

  • Aileen’s
  • API Chaya
  • Aurora Commons
  • El Centro de la Raza
  • FareStart
  • Federal Way Senior Center
  • Ingersoll
  • International Drop-in Center
  • King County Veterans Program
  • Pacific Senior Center
  • Renton Senior Activity Center
  • Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center
  • Sound
  • South Park Senior Center
  • Therapeutic Health Services
  • Tukwila Senior Center
  • U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA Puget Sound)
  • Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs
  • YWCA

Twice a week, FareStart delivered pre-ordered meals to the KCVP Tukwila office, where KCVP Social Service Professionals (SSPs) organized and distributed the meals to participating VSHSL partners. After picking up meals, VSHSL partners then distributed them at designated pickup sites or did no-contact deliveries to the homes of impacted community members. We thank our KCVP SSPs and VSHSL partners for their flexibility in adapting their normal services to support the food program, to help meet a critical need in our communities.

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King County Veterans Program Services

In addition to supporting the food program, KCVP SSPs have been providing remote services online and by phone since early March.

Available services:

  • Eviction Prevention
  • Utility shut-off prevention
  • Food/Gas assistance
  • Other (This category helps KCVP staff provide assistance in emergency situations. They will work with their supervisors to determine what additional services can be provided).

Veterans, servicemembers and their families that are in need of assistance can reach out to a KCVP SSP at the phone numbers below during the operating hours of 8:30am – 4:30pm:

Phone icon206-477-7022 (Tukwila Office)

Phone icon 206-477-8282 (Seattle Office)