About Teen Feed

Our Mission:

Teen Feed works with the community to offer support to meet basic needs, build strong relationships, and ally with homeless youth as they meet their future off the streets. With the tremendous support of the community, Teen Feed responds to the most basic needs of homeless and at-risk youth in the following focus areas: healthy meals and lives, youth support coordination, street outreach, healthcare access, and engaging the community through service.  Teen Feed responds to the most basic needs of homeless youth with three (3) integrated programs:  Teen Feed Meal Program, Street Talk Outreach Program (STOP), Service Links for Youth (SLY). Youth Access to Care (YAC), formerly a separate program, is our healthcare support and is integrated as a component into all existing programs.

At a Glance:

Thanks to your partnership in 2017 Teen Feed will:

  • Open its doors to 50 – 80 youth each night
  • Offer over 20,000+ nutritious meals to hungry youth
  • Connect with over 900 individual youth in need
  • Work with over 800 volunteers from various community, corporate, civic and faith groups resulting in $200,000 of labor cost reduction from our yearly budget.
  • Leverage over $400,000 in donated food, basic needs items and related in-kind contributions
  • Provide one-on-one support coordination for 400 youth, providing a mailing address and help with a state identification, employment, healthcare enrollment, housing, and more.
  • Meet hunger and basic needs of youth in need in Seattle’s University District, and South King County/Auburn areas.
Our History:

In 1987, nurses from the University of Washington Medical Center noticed street youth in the University District area were severely malnourished. Together with community and faith groups, Teen Feed began to “meet youth where they are” by serving warm meals to youth in local donated meal sites. Today, Teen Feed provides warm meals, basic needs items, and supportive connections to over 900 youth annually in need in University District, and Auburn. Teen Feed is the only consistent meal program designed to meet the needs of homeless youth in South King County and the only program to do so 365 days a year in all of King County. Teen Feed also provides the only consistent street outreach program in Seattle’s University District, a magnate area for homeless youth.

Our Core Values:
  1. All people are entitled to the basic human rights of health, safety, and self determination.
  2. We work to foster a sense of mutual respect with our clients. We recognize the autonomy of the youth we serve and respect their values and judgment.
  3. The young people we serve have the right to impart meaningful input to Teen Feed and our programs.
  4. We build and nurture relationships through consistency, trust, and mutual accountability.
  5. Homelessness is not a reflection of the merits of one’s character. We are all people of equal value; any of us could be in the same situation as the people we serve.