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Pike Place Market Foundation Announces $1.4 Million Investment in Vital Services Supporting the Iconic Market Community

Posted May 1, 2020

Pike Place Market Foundation Announces $1.4 Million Investment in Vital Services Supporting the Iconic Market Community

New “Power of the Market” Fund Launched as a COVID Response and Recovery Fund

May 1, 2020 – Seattle, WA – Today, Pike Place Market Foundation (pikeplacemarketfoundation.org) announced it granted more than $1.4 million to support vital community services that remain open during the COVID-19 crisis to maintain the health and stability of the Market community. The grants support emergency funds, food assistance, health care and resource referrals for Market farmers, vendors and workers, many suffering the immediate loss of jobs and income; as well as services that 11,000 Market and downtown residents rely on including the Market’s food bank, medical clinic, senior center, preschool and resource center for ongoing support.

Looking to the year ahead, today the Market Foundation also launched Power of Pike Place, a COVID Response & Recovery Fund, which is in anticipation of the needs across the Marketing nearly tripling in 2020. The goal of the campaign is to raise an additional $3.5 million to respond to the emergent needs through the COVID-19 crisis and to ensure stabilizing funds are available to critical services, workers and small businesses in the year ahead.

“While we’re proud to provide these vital investment of $1.4 million – thanks to our 4,000 donors last year – now more than ever, we need to come together to support our iconic Pike Place Market community,” said, Lillian Sherman, executive director of Pike Place Market Foundation. “As we look to the year ahead, we are faced with meeting an unparalleled need as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and our Power of Pike Place campaign goals were set to match those needs.”

Since 1982, the Market Foundation has dedicated consistent, unrestricted funding to help Market social service partners sustain operations year-after-year in the Market community. The Market Foundation is both a major funder of these community services and collaborates to improve services and identify critical connections to promote the health of the whole community.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, these unrestricted funds can be utilized immediately and where needed most to support adapted programming to prioritize the safety, stability and health of all clients. Funds are distributed throughout the year, so this consistent and reliable funding will also help Market services remain stable through spring 2021.

Pike Place Market Foundation grants include:

  • Pike Market Senior Center – supporting general operations of the downtown neighborhood center for older adults, which offers activities to promote health and wellness, social engagement, two nutritious hot meals each day for members, as well as social services.
  • Pike Market Food Bank – supporting the operations of the food bank, which is a fixture of Market life and a part of a community approach to ensure that all residents of downtown Seattle have access to quality and nutritious food.
  • Pike Market Clinic – supporting Neighborcare Health at Pike Place Market, providing a range of primary health care services for some of the Market’s most vulnerable neighbors, which primarily includes older adults dealing with multiple barriers to accessing needed health care.
  • Pike Market Child Care & Preschool – supporting the Market’s program, which provides high-quality, affordable childcare for families of all income levels.
  • Heritage House at the Market –supporting the continued assisted living services and rich quality of life to downtown seniors who require assistance with daily activities.
  • The Market Commons & Food Access Program –supporting both the Food Access Program and The Market Commons. The Market Commons, the neighborhood resource center in the heart of the Market, acts as a “living room” for everyone working or living in and around the Market. The Food Access Program aims to increase the purchase power of individuals to access the fresh produce available in the Market.
  • The Market Community Safety Net – providing emergency assistance for Market residents, members of the social service agencies, or the merchant day stall and farmer communities who have experienced extraordinary hardship and are in need of assistance to regain their stability.

For more information or images, visit PikePlaceMarketFoundation.org or contact Amanda Hollinger at Amanda.hollinger@edelman.com

Pike Place Market Foundation:
Pike Place Market Foundation nurtures a thriving Market community so that everyone within it has the opportunity to live their best life possible. Established in 1982 to uplift the charter of Pike Place Market, the Market Foundation partners with, as well as operates and sustains, a network of programs and services to support low-income residents, workers, families and neighbors of the Market. Over the past 38 years, the Market Foundation has granted $31 Million to support more than 500 units of low-income housing, community health care, access to healthy food, high-quality preschool and community supports as well as funding essential capital needs within the historic district.  The Market Foundation supports a healthy community model that allows a diverse community to live and thrive at Seattle’s historic Market.  Learn more:  pikeplacemarketfoundation.org