Donate: Support Our Work on the Streets this Season

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Did you know that for the last two years Teen Feed has been independent of city, county, state and federal funding? We depend on you, our community.  Our promise is to be efficient ($$) and nimble, filling the cracks of our broken system, and listen nightly to the unique needs of young people.  We  navigate deftly on their behalf towards their goals of health and stability makes our work on the streets THE MOST LOW BARRIER CONNECTOR between already-established vital nonprofit, government, faith-based and business services. You travel with us in 2020.  DONATE HERE with our secure page from Click and Pledge:

Our donors know we leverage with donated basic needs and local partnerships to feed, house and employ our kids as they build skills and esteem. We create an overwhelming network of support, because we know relationships are THE WAY that homelessness is trounced. We are boldly getting it right Seattle. 

OPEN POSITION: (STOP) Peer Youth Intern

 (updated 10/15/19). Are you a young person 18-24 with lived experience looking for an internship with Teen Feed? See Gloria at

The Teen Feed Street Talk Outreach Program (STOP) Peer Youth Intern works as an integral part of the Teen Feed street youth community to offer support to meet basic needs, build strong relationships and ally with homeless youth as they meet their future off the streets. The STOP Intern is overseen by the Street Talk Outreach Program (STOP) Coordinator. This position is responsible for assisting the charge of direct-service street outreach, youth engagement programming, and collaborating with community partners to best meet the needs of the community. The core of this position focuses on making the first contact with individuals who are typically resistant to social services. This is achieved using non-traditional street outreach conducted in the youth’s environment. The desired candidate will be outgoing, engaging and willing to learn the best practices while working with a vulnerable population. Candidates with strong language skills, non-traditional diversity components and/or membership/contacts within the LGBTQ community and/or Indigenous communities are encouraged to apply. Having lived experience leading to a mature understanding and perspective is encouraged but not required for this position. The outcome of the position for this candidate will be a greater stability and reference network for their self-defined goals.

Essential Duties

Youth Engagement and Relationship Building (80%)

  • Lead the charge on street outreach 2-4x/week;
  • Assist with coordinating intentional and rotating outreach teams
  • Work closely with the volunteer coordinator to recruit volunteers for outreach
  • Exhibit and role-model ethical behavior and proper boundaries in working with vulnerable youth; serve as a liaison for youth who are interested in accessing case management and other support services Teen Feed and community partners offer
  • Work closely with STOP Coordinator to run Teen Feed’s “sweat equity” program, a system designed for Teen Feed youth to build self-esteem and volunteer for supplies in return, i.e.–tents, sleeping bags, gift cards, backpacks, etc.
  • Represent Teen Feed and its mission at various outreach events, community meetings, UDSPA partnerships, advocacy opportunities and donor events
  • Assist managing a system for supply management for In-Reach, Outreach and the Dinner Program
  • Assist in management of inventory external storage facility site to meet the needs of the programs regarding seasonal changes and food supply administration

    Administration Youth Engagement and Relationship Building (20%)

  • Direct-service tracking via Outreach metrics and Salesforce
  • Assist to maintain administrative responsibility for Salesforce metrics and HMIS data entry, monthly board and end-year reports.
  • Assist managing youth mailing system
  • On behalf of peers and youth, provide feedback to organizational publications, curriculum, board committees and multiple program reach affecting youth, and represent real-time views to increase the effectiveness of Teen Feed programming
  •  Attend staff meetings when necessary

    Desired Skills & Attributes

  • A great communicator. Well-organized. Excellent interpersonal skills, with a commitment to youth empowerment.
  • Candidate will represent and organize youth voices in organizational operational and organizational strategic planning issues and is willing to demonstrate initiative to learn and enhance skills that actively promote anti-racism, anti-oppression, cultural competency and an understanding of oppression and its impact on the Teen Feed mission.
  • A researcher, a problem-solver with appropriate professional boundaries, self-motivated working with minimal supervision, reliable.
  • Familiarity with social service systems and issues pertinent to homeless youth
  • Ability to actively model resilience that has been acquired via some type of significant life experience.
  • Physically able to walk outreach routes, perform a range of motions including exerting, carrying up to 50lbs, sit for long periods of time, kneel, squat, stoop, go up and down stairs
  • Contribute to team success by a willingness to cross-train in other areas of Teen Feed organizationSalary: PT $15/hr/10 hours weekly

    Location: University District, Seattle WA
    Inquiries: Email Gloria Antonio, STOP Coordinator | 206.356.9314 *si, hable español  for an application, or stop by the Teen Feed office for  help with resources for resume-building and a cover letter.
    (1) Fill out your application
    (2) Attach a current resume and cover letter sharing why you are interested in this position
    (3) Email them to Gloria (or bring them by 4740B University Way NE – black grated door by Rudy’s)Applications will be open for 2 weeks, starting October 16, 2019. Come by the Teen Feed office
    Teen Feed is an equal opportunity Employer.  Teen Feed is a 501c3 organization.

Join Us @Cuoco Italian for 3rd Annual Spaghetti Dinner Sun Nov 24th. Get Tickets Here!

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Join us Sunday, November 24th for the THIRD year with our friends Tom Douglas and the staff of Cuoco Italian for a delicious feast of Stan’s house made spaghetti and meatballs, caesar salad, fresh garlic bread, seasonal sorbet for dessert and two (2) glasses of our house white or house red wine or selected non-alcoholic beverages. 100% of the proceeds go towards Teen Feed’s winter backpack outreach teams. Lovely wine and good company, plus we’ll have raffle tickets if YOU BRING A BASIC NEED ITEM and (super awesome) prizes to give away throughout the evening! Seats fill quickly so…  Get tickets HERE

When: Sunday November 24th
Where: Cuoco – 310 Terry Ave N Seattle, 98109
What: Great spaghetti balls of fire, veggie and mmmm atop yummy pasta with 2 (TWO) glasses of vino. Bring a few of only your very coolest friends**
Cost:  Ticket prices are $40!  Any additional donations go to the kids in the form of basic needs, healthcare co-pays, housing application fees, educational fees and communication support. BRING A BASIC NEED FOR A RAFFLE TICKET. Tarps, underwear, socks, gloves, hats and high-protein snacks.

Get your tickets HERE. Limited spots first come first served. See Event Details on the Tom Douglas website HERE.


Winter is Here! Host a Sock & Basic Needs Drive at Your Office or Work

Teen Feed works to offer basic needs items and daily essential to help homeless youth care for themselves. Teen Feed distributes basic needs items to youth at the nightly meal program, during street outreach, and in our office as youth access support coordination.

The weather is cooling down!* Teen Feed works to offer basic needs items and daily essential to help homeless youth to care for themselves. We distribute basic needs items to youth at the nightly meal program, during street outreach, and in our office as youth access support coordination.

We rely on you, our community to provide basic needs items to the youth. Consider collecting items at your office, home or social group, or sending an email to friends requesting travel toiletries. Whatever a supply drive may look like to you, know you are providing youth the daily essentials they desperately need. Below we have provided downloadable signage and resources to help you with with your Sock or Basic Needs Drives.  Thank you on behalf of the youth we serve*

CLICK HERE and Shop our (Janine’s) Amazon Wish list for the kids!

Basic Needs Drive Resources:
Basic Needs Items for Youth:

Travel Sized toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream (winter)*
Combs and brushes
Full-sized Toothbrushes
Deodorant (summer)*
Dental Floss
Hand Sanitizer (winter)*
Tampons & pads
Nail Clippers
African American (POC) hair products

Hooded sweatshirts (L to XXXL, dark colors) (winter)*
Warm coats
T-shirts (summer)*
New men’s underwear/boxers (winter)*
Bras – all sizes, feminine underwear
New Socks – all sizes, wool please (warm when wet) (winter)*
Gloves, hats, scarves (winter)*
Sunglasses (summer)*
Water bottles (summer)*
Disposable hand and toe warmers

Other necessities: (waterproof is best)
Sleeping bags (winter)*
Tents (winter)*
Batteries – AA, AAA (winter)*
Blankets/ Tarps (winter)*
Travel-sized sewing kits
Flashlights (winter)*
Personal Journals (in gallon ziplock bags)
Warm/Cool pants (winter)*
Work boots (winter)*
Bus tickets
Dry dog and cat food (summer)*
Hot Cocoa
Instant Oatmeal (winter)*
High-Protein Nutritious snacks like Kind bars, nuts and fruit leather (winter)*

Donation Drop-Off Schedule

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30pm to 6:15pm, University Congregation Church – 4515 16thAve NE (@NE 45th), prior to the Teen Feed meal program. Donation contact: Janine at *call ahead to let the nightly teams know you’re coming. T: 206.229.0813

Need help? We are happy to create something custom for your group, or update you on the latest personal requests for our youth in their jobs, going to school or working for us toward stability as interns! Please reach Janine Kennedy at or 206.409.1202 for more information

Ladies Night Thursday July 11th at Swansons! – Registration opens July 3rd

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Join us at Swansons Nursery for a fun always. SELL-OUT summer evening starting at 6pm and lasting til…to support the important work that Teen Feed is doing in our community!

Ladies’ Night out is an annual tradition, with visiting artisans, fun activities, live music, wine and delicious snacks in the garden with good folks – all for a good cause. Everyone 21 and identifying as female is welcome.  To signup click HERE  Tickets are $30.  Use TEENFEED as your discount code for a $23 rate.


Donors meet GiveBig2019 Goal May 8

Donating to GiveBig2019 supports her journey off the streets.

Thanks to all of you who GAVEBIG in  the biggest community giving event in Seattle this year. For every dollar you give our angel donor (psst – Thanks Wyncote Foundation!) matched it up to $10,000. In every outreach team, every meal we serve and every life we alter, YOU travel with US!





Join Teen Feed for Blues and Brews Event Sep 29@ Optimism Brewing Cap Hill 3-5

Join us Saturday, September 22nd at Optimism Brewing Company 3-5 pm and start your weekend with Teen Feed. The music starts in the early afternoon, featuring a special acoustic performance by Toby C Brady of Lost Dogma. Local craft beer! Bring a friend, have a brew. - It's FREE.

Join us Saturday, September 22nd at Optimism Brewing Company and start your weekend with Teen Feed. The music starts in the early afternoon, featuring a special acoustic performance by Toby C Brady of Lost Dogma. Local craft beer!  Get tickets HERE

When: 3-5pm
Where: Optimism Brewing in Capital Hill
What: Great tunes, tasty hops, bashful malts. Bring a few of of your very coolest friends
Cost:  Nah- it’s FREE!  Any additional donations go to the kids.

Get your tickets HERE. Limited spots first come first served.

Ladies Night This Thursday July 24th@6pm

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Join us at Swansons Nursery for a fun summer evening starting at 6pm and lasting til…to support the important work that Teen Feed is doing in our community! Ladies’ Night out is an annual tradition, with visiting artisans, fun activities, live music, wine and delicious snacks in the garden with good folks – all for a good cause. Everyone 21 and identifying as female is welcome. Use the TEENFEED code for your 20% off supporter discount HERE to register.

Just Hired! Our Meal Program Manager

Thank you for your interest in this key position! Teen Feed recently hired an amazing candidate – Phillip Peters. 

The Teen Feed Meal Program Manager is an experienced, passionate and professional project management superstar supervising operational aspects of the Teen Feed meal program, providing oversight and support for 3-5 Meal Program Coordinators and on-site (volunteer) Advocates, Meal Team Volunteers and Allies.  The leadership shown in this vital position ensures positive engagement, consistency, and safety in Teen Feed’s nightly meal program for young adults and stewards a philanthropic community of supporters with a lens of racial equity, gender diversity and social justice. Position reports to the Executive Director.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

To support and contribute to the philanthropic stewardship, education and collaborative training of the Meal Program Coordinator staff, Advocates, Allies. As a member of the management team, this position supplies strategic focus and planning to the Teen Feed organization with half-time in daily office operations. Meal Team Manager is responsible for execution of a mission-driven and collaborative Teen Feed program design welcoming to guest diversity, providing engagement, and ensuring safety among Teen Feed guests.

Operational and Facilities

  • Have working knowledge of every facet of Teen Feed Meal Program operation, including set-up, check-in, meal preparation, serving, clean up, and de-brief
  • Schedules 7 nights of staff, 365 days yearly and serves as site coordinator and supervisor to 2-3 employees
  • Responsible for daily integrity of host sites including ROOTS, University Congregational and University Lutheran. Owns the unlock, closure and nightly checklists of host facilities, including minimum of 4 nights weekly onsite presence, facility oversight such as graffiti removal, and maintenance (sweeping, mopping, garbage, laundry as affected by the Teen Feed Meal program)
  • Enforces the age limit of 13-25, contributes to referrals or services, and acts as a bridge to SLY and STOP programs and partner agency case management programs
  • Ensures processes of operational integrity including: status of host-site refrigerators, communication to Teen Feed operations staff on behalf of Meal Team needs, basic needs acquisition and storage systems at host sites, tracking of storage inventory alongside STOP team, ownership of Teen Feed phone, binder and keys.
  • Owns revisions to “How to Make it Go” meal checklists and cultural script
  • Leads by example: in pre-meal meetings with Advocates and Allies, post-meal program debrief; logging any information (i.e. new bars, overall tenor of the evening, any particular youth to note). Leads use of techniques for conflict de-escalation and trauma-informed care.

Teen Feed Organizational Goals

  • Point person for yearly Annual ID Check, Count Us In, Special Events and evaluations
  • Responsible for creation and management of zero-based the Meal Program budget, including monthly oversight, expenditures and approvals and yearly contribution to planning, expense reports, grant coding
  • Familiarity or willingness to be trained in harm-reduction, conflict de-escalation, anti-oppression, CPR, food-handler’s permit
  • Leads recruitment, hiring, interview, and on-boarding for Meal Program Coordinator applicants including reference checks and criminal history background checks, new hire orientation, on-going training of Meal Program Coordinators and cross-training of interns and staff
  • Reviews and approves Meal Program Coordinator time sheets
  • Attends Teen Feed staff meetings and contributes to organizational planning and long-term goals
  • With approval of administration, leads and executes Teen Feed’s Meal program site contractual agreements with all host locations, on-site partnerships
  • Provides and documents individual monthly supervision with Meal Program Coordinators, and Annual Performance Evaluations of Meal Program Coordinators.
  • Provides Meal statistics, produces accurate and timely reports, evaluations
  • Ambassador for Teen Feed in outreach activities and grantor interviews, volunteer recruitment and retention and coordinated efforts to support volunteers as key staff members
  • Willingness to be trained on the Salesforce system and enter key relational tracking data for clients and donors. Proficient in MS Office Suite.
  • Assists the Teen Feed organization in creating a sustainable Meal Team Program through the potential for a corporate training model and the engagement of youth voices in program design

Volunteerism and Stewardship

  • Assists in tracking attendance of volunteer Advocates and Allies and nightly Meal Teams, supports their roles with regular check-ups during the on-site meal program
  • Utilizes volunteer resource training and maintenance to support Teen Feed operations and a Volunteer Counsel
  • Meets with stakeholders
  • Issues in-kind receipts to donor deliveries

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree minimum
  • Program and personnel management experience
  • Demonstrates cultural competency in social service systems and behavioral issues pertinent to the housing-insecure youth community
  • Ability to perform all services in a culturally respectful manner, honoring homeless individuals in agreement with Teen Feed Core Values
  • Excellent organizational, writing, language and interpersonal communication skills
  • Full-Time / Exempt
  • Salary DOE
  • Competitive Benefits

 Inquiries, resume and coverpage email to:
Subject: Attention: Executive Director – Meal Team Manager Position

Teen Feed Benefits: Andy Coe Band and “Thankful Dead” this Friday Nov 24@ Nectar

Join us for the 2nd Annual “Thankful Dead” event at Nectar in Fremont (412 N 36th St @8pm) this Friday November 25th.  The two-night Grateful Dead tribute presented by Nectar and PB&J Benefits Teen Feed and the youth we serve. Join our volunteers at the Teen Feed table for information.
We are incredibly grateful to have the talent and generosity of the Andy Coe Band,
Originally formed to pay tribute to guitar hero and folk legend Jerry Garcia, the Andy Coe Band has evolved into the liveliest psychedelic jam band to come out of the Pacific Northwest in years. Guitarist Andy Coe, with Gary Palmer on keys, Chris Jones on bass, and Scott Goodwin on drums, deliver stellar improvisational tunes in mystical proportions.

$25 2-night passes (limited early onsale)
$16adv / $20dos / $30 2-night passes
8pm doors
9pm show