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How You Can Help the Market Community Right Now

Posted March 10, 2020

During this current health crisis, our services to seniors, residents, and workers are more critical than ever.

We’ve heard from many of you about ways to help during this crisis.  We have ways for YOU to help people in need right NOW at Pike Place Market, and we want you to know we’re #GratefulForPikePlace

Pike Place Market is a community of 500+ small business owners and 2,000+ workers who are feeling the sudden loss of shoppers. The Market is also home to a health care clinic, senior housing, senior center and social services for some of downtown’s most-vulnerable people.

Each of these agencies are hard at work sustaining this Market community at its greatest time of need:

The Pike Market Food Bank is collecting groceries for shoppers and either delivering them to their homes or handing them off at the door – so that everyone can stay safe at this time. 

NeighborCare Health remains open in both its capacity as a medical clinic and as a pharmacy. They are continuing to meet demand for necessary healthcare during the COVID-19 crisis, These Healthcare Heroes of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and administrative staff are putting themselves at risk to nurture the health of the community.

Our assisted living facility Heritage House is taking all necessary precautions to ensure that all of their seniors are safe and healthy. Their staff is hard at work 24/7 to maintain quality of life and health screenings for the seniors.

The Market Commons continues to serve the community’s most pressing needs through virtual appointments. All of these services are operating at their highest capacities as we unite to nurture this Market community in its greatest time of need.

There are THREE ways you can help bolster support for the Market community RIGHT NOW:

1. Shop Local (Groceries or Online)!

If you’re a Seattle downtown resident, Pike Place Market is still open and our small grocery outlets rely on daily shoppers to remain viable. Highstall produce vendors, fish and meat markets, and specialty food producers/vendors may be open at this time, if you feel comfortable coming to the Market.

Many of our Market artists and craftspeople have online shops – take the Market home with you! Be sure to also order take-out and delivery from Pike Place restaurants that are still offering their delicious tastes.

We would love to recommend this gorgeous new print from Kate Endle Illustration & Fine Art. She created this homage to our Market piggy banks using her signature style of mixed media collage using hand painted and decorative papers. Kate Endle is generously donating 100% of proceeds from this print to support the Market Community Safety Net – pick up your print here!

2. DONATE to our Market Community Safety Net

The Market Community Safety Net fund supports individuals who live, work or access services in the Market community. This fund is for anyone in the community facing a sudden financial crisis and needing support to regain stability. In addition to financial support, The Market Community Safety Net also provides community resource referrals and support provided by staff at The Market Commons.

The Pike Place Market Foundation anticipates a dramatic increase in requests for Community Safety Net grants during the COVID-19 outbreak. Your support is needed more now than ever to help our community.

3. GIVE to our Spring Hygiene Drive

Our Spring Hygiene Drive helps deliver needed hygiene supplies to our Market populations in need. Please visit our Amazon Wish List and donate whatever hygiene supplies you can. Especially at this time where public health is at its most important, we need to ensure our Market community has what they need to remain strong and healthy.

We’ve appreciated hearing from so many of you about how you can help. Please help us get this message out to our broader community by sharing on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

Our gratitude goes out to all of you for your help during this time of uncertainty.  We will continue to do all we can to nurture this Market community and thank you for making it possible.


All of us at the Pike Place Market Foundation