Market Social Services on the COVID-19 Frontline

Pike Place Market Foundation

Our community partners at the Pike Place Market medical clinic, food bank, senior center, senior housing, preschool and assisted living continue to serve thousands of our neighbors on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic. See their impact below!


Since the COVID-19 shutdown, the Market’s social services remain open and deployed emergency programs such as food distribution and COVID-19 testing for neighbors throughout downtown in addition to shelter-in-place orders for more than 500 senior residents of the Market.

The Pike Market Senior Center  continues to open daily for free breakfast, lunch and to-go meal service. While the Senior Center can no longer host activities and sit-down meal services, they still dedicate countless hours to ensure any senior in and around the Market can find a nourishing meal, 7 days a week.

The Pike Market Food Bank, fresh off of converting to a grocery store model, set up a take away window for the hundreds of people who need groceries every week. Through their quick flexibility, the Food Bank has been able to continuously provide fresh produce and shelf-ready foods for so many Market families and downtown neighbors.

Neighborcare Health at the Market, a community health clinic serving downtown patients, is on the frontline of the pandemic providing COVID-19 testing in shelters and low-income housing buildings throughout downtown. Neighborcare Health’s Homeless Programs Team is working closely with housing, community, and public health partners to address the many emerging COVID-19 related needs for people experiencing homelessness in permanent supportive housing, on the street, and in shelter settings. 

Heritage House at the Market, serving seniors in need of assisted living, had to go into total lockdown since the pandemic started. We are happy to report they are staying happy, healthy, and COVID-19 free.


Pike Market Preschool & Child Care reopened in July to provide critical care to working families. Capacity in classrooms is greatly reduced and healthy and safety measures remain a top priority to keep kids, teachers and families safe.

The Market Commons has temporarily closed their doors to help ensure the safety of our community in this COVID-19 crisis – but that doesn’t mean they’re sitting idly by. In fact, this mighty team is working harder than ever as they take an influx of calls, help community members with Market Community Safety Net requests, reach out to residents in isolation, and organize access to healthy food so that everyone can safely shelter-in-place.

These vital community services need our support now to meet increased needs in the Market and downtown neighborhood!

The Pike Place Market Foundation is dedicated to providing long-term, consistent funding to support our partner organizations year over year and emergency needs as they arise.