“More than a Meal”
Did you know that between 5,000 and 10,000 youth and young adults experience homelessness each year in King County? It is estimated that over 1,000 youth and young adults are homeless on any given night. Every story is unique. Every young person experiencing homelessness has potential. Teen Feed is there for them, offering healthy, home-cooked meals, essential supplies, and vital support to the diverse youth, ages 13-25, who are experiencing homelessness in Seattle. These services are often the first opportunity for youth to trust and gain access to essential services that could change the course of their lives.
Teen Feed programs operate on the principle that when youth can rely on consistent contact with safe and non-judgmental adults, they are better able to take on the challenges of finding safe shelter, a job, or attending to their mental or physical health. It is Teen Feed’s mission to offer basic needs, build strong relationships, and ally with homeless youth as they meet their future off the streets, a mission supported by the belief that all people are entitled to the basic human rights of health, safety, and self-determination.
- The STOP program is aimed at high-risk youth who avoid traditional social service agencies. Armed with backpacks, warm water, granola and soups, Teen Feed sends out teams of staff and peer outreach workers to meet youth in their own environment—the streets and alleys where they spend most of their time – offering socks, food, referrals to resources, and a relationship with a caring adult.
- SLY is a case management program designed to help youth who are ready to begin the transition to life off the streets. SLY was developed in 1998 after Teen Feed became concerned that many homeless and street-involved youth were not comfortable accessing traditional, agency-based services. Unlike traditional “case management,” SLY is designed as a youth-centered support program that affirms the strengths of each participant as they meet self-identified goals. Our Support Coordinator builds a relationship with each youth to learn what types of resources will help them best succeed.
Teen Feed’s promise is to be efficient and nimble, filling the cracks of our broken system, and listening nightly to the unique needs of young people. For the last two years Teen Feed has been independent of city, county, state, and federal funding. Their work on the streets towards the goals of health and stability for youth experiencing homelessness is the MOST LOW-BARRIER connector between youth and already-established vital nonprofit, government, faith-based and business services. Teen Feed depends on you, the community, for help through generous donations and volunteering. Even as little as $30 provides a healthy, nutritious meal to 6 young people, plus the vital connections they need.
Here’s how to help:
Donate to Teen Feed at https://teenfeed.org/donate/
Learn about organizing a basic needs drive, service days, and other volunteer opportunities by contacting Janine Kennedy at 206.409.1202 or email@example.com.
Teen Feed June Fundraising Campaign: June 1-30, 2021
Every day, Teen Feed offers home-cooked meals, essential supplies, and support to youth experiencing homelessness in Seattle. The youth we serve are majority BIPOC and face increased health risks, so continuing these services has become even more urgent in this time of social unrest and amidst a global pandemic.
Help Teen Feed raise $15,000 this June so we can continue to provide fresh, nutritious food; essentials like bottled water, sunscreen, and ID cards; and critical case management resources. Make your donation go twice as far! We are excited to announce that Swansons Nursery in Ballard will be matching the first $5,000 contributed.
Despite COVID-19, Teen Feed has continued to serve young people in Seattle who are maneuvering the many challenges of homelessness. From a warm meal every single evening to a stick of deodorant to new clothes for a job interview, our staff and volunteers continue to do amazing work to support our young guests with whatever they need as they begin to shape their future off the streets. We have had to do it differently this past year – we have shifted to a to-go model instead of a sit-down dinner (it is hard to not be able to offer a respite from the rain), we have gone out on the streets to bring essentials to youth where they are, we have ensured freshly grown produce for our meals through supportive partnerships with local farms like 21 Acres. Most importantly, we have remained nimble throughout the many changes the pandemic has brought.
We, like so many, look forward to building back better. In the meantime, we ask that you consider supporting our work with a contribution. Even as little as $30 provides a healthy, nutritious meal to 6 young people, plus vital connections they need.
- $100 provides a young person with a week of meals, shelter, a mailing address, and a WA State Identification card.
- $500 provides access to meals and basic need items for 50-80 young people.
- $1,500 provides 6 months of one-on-one support coordination for a young person transitioning off the streets.
- $5,000 provides 500 meals, enough to cover one full week of meal program for homeless and at-risk young people.
Thank you for your generous support!