The Pike Place Market Foundation is the heart of the Market. By helping our low-income neighbors who work, learn and live in and around the Market, the Foundation helps the Market you love remain a thriving, caring community.
Through fundraising, advocacy and community engagement, The Market Foundation has contributed to a neighborhood model that allows our diverse community to live and thrive here at Pike Place Market. Together, we feed the hungry, care for the sick, educate kids, and find homes for those without – all right here at Pike Place Market. Learn more about the impact of our work:
Hugs and laughter go hand-in-hand with the nurturing, educational environment offered at the Pike Market Child Care & Preschool. Founded in 1982 on the principle that all children deserve access to high quality care, the Preschool was one of the first programs in downtown Seattle to make child care available to families earning a low income. Annually, the Preschool serves 90-100 families with children ages 18 months to 5 years, approximately 75% of whom receive tuition assistance.
The Preschool incorporates reading and math readiness, encourages creative and individual expression, and helps build self-esteem and problem-solving skills. The children are also served breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks so they receive the nutrition they need to thrive. In addition, the Preschool employs a full-time child and family support professional who identifies and assesses the needs of children and then links theirs families to resources that will meet those needs.
Children at the Preschool receive excellent care and build the social and learning skills necessary to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. Families in the program have the opportunity to work, job search or go to school confident in the knowledge that their children are safe and nurtured.
Your gift today will provide high-quality early learning to children: Donate Now
The Market neighborhood and the surrounding downtown Seattle area is often referred to as “ground zero” to the greatest health and social disparities in King County. Annually, the Pike Market Medical Clinic fields over 25,000 visits from over 4,300 homeless, low-income and elderly clients. The Clinic continues to see an increasing trend in the demand for unreimbursed supportive services such as social work and counseling.
The Clinic cares for patients when they are sick, but more importantly it strives to empower patients to manage their health through regular check-ups and health education services. Patients rely on the Clinic for primary care, prescriptions, lab work, mental health counseling, drug and alcohol counseling, and connections with other services in the community.
Your gift today will provide vital healthcare services: Donate Now
For more than 30 years, the Pike Market Senior Center has been serving seniors who live in the Pike Place Market and downtown Seattle neighborhoods, and who are facing the realities of hunger, aging, poverty, poor health, and social isolation.
More than 1,100 homeless and low-income seniors visit the Senior Center every year to look for a job or housing, take language and exercise classes, or just find a hot meal and a safe place to socialize. The Senior Center’s meal program is open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch, and serves approximately 40,000 hot meals annually.
Your gift today will provide healthy meals and a community for low-income seniors: Donate Now
Dignity and service are at the heart of the Pike Market Food Bank’s mission. Annually, the Food Bank handles approximately 45,000 visits and provids more than 269 tons of groceries to the elderly, homeless and working poor within the Pike Place Market and downtown Seattle communities. The Food Bank also provides clothing, baby supplies and hygiene products, which are donated by the community.
The Food Bank is a community-driven organization. Dedicated volunteers — many of whom are clients of the Food Bank themselves — contribute thousands of volunteer hours to help meet the growing demand for the Food Bank’s services.
In 2012, the Food Bank launched its “Fantastic 52” campaign that aims to line up a food-or-fund drive for every week of the year. If you are interested in hosting a food drive contact the Food Bank’s Manager, Brian: email@example.com.
Your gift today will provide groceries to low-income families: Donate now
Market Fresh Coupons
A healthy diet provides for a healthier life. Yet, fresh foods come at a high prices, making healthy food choices out-of-reach for many lower-income neighbors. That’s why we’ve created Market Fresh Coupons to support low-income residents in and around the Market by providing access to fresh fruits and vegetables directly from the farm stands at Pike Place Market. The coupons are spent just like cash, so people are able to make their own produce choices. Farmers and producers at Pike Place Market are compensated for all Market Fresh Coupons redeemed, so it is a win-win for the health of our neighbors and farmers alike. A little bit goes a long way, but the demand for Market Fresh Coupons is higher than ever. Donate now to support Market Fresh Coupons.
Heritage House at the Market
Heritage House at the Market is an assisted living facility in the heart of our community. With panoramic views of Elliot Bay and the Olympic Mountains, Heritage House offers private apartments, nursing services and a rich quality of life to seniors in a vibrant urban environment.
Staffed 24 hours a day, with nurses on site 16 hours a day, seven days a week. Heritage House brings together a wide range of services to meet individual needs including comprehensive personal and nursing care, restaurant style dining, housekeeping and laundry services, and programming both in the facility and out in the greater community.