What
We Do

Pike Place Market Foundation

OUR MISSION

is to nurture a thriving Market community.

Our values guide us in developing strong partnerships in the Market community: Collaboration, Inclusion, Respect, Optimism, Gratitude

The 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 has granted $31 Million to support low-income housing, culturally-appropriate health care, access to healthy food, high-quality preschool, an active community and to fund capital needs within the historic district. As community builders in the Market we partner with, as well as operate and sustain, a network of programs and services that support low-income residents, workers, families and neighbors of the Market.

For the past 37 years, The Market Foundation has contributed to a neighborhood model that allows a diverse community to live and thrive here at Seattle’s historic Market. We do this by focusing on and measuring our impact against the model for a healthy community.


Our vision is to keep low-income residents and Market workers stable by providing financial assistance and wraparound support during times of personal crisis. Our Community Safety Net is available to provide immediate relief to anyone who lives, works or accesses services in Pike Place Market. The resource desk at The Market Commons provides community support and resource referrals with a goal of achieving long-term economic stability.

We inspire a sense of connection for all members of the Market community. We help reduce isolation by welcoming everyone to The Market Commons, a low-barrier neighborhood center in the heart of Pike Place Market where residents, workers and neighbors can stop by for vital resources, social activities or even just to say “Hello!”. Members of the Senior Center participate in activities like dancing and watching films, all while connecting with fellow members, while Heritage House is an assisted living facility for the Market’s low-income senior residents to age in-place.

Our vision is to ensure all working families in the Market community have the opportunity to maintain stable employment, while receiving the high-quality, affordable early childhood education. We invest in the Pike Market Child Care and Preschool, the only preschool in Seattle that operates on a sliding-scale tuition payment plan so that all families, regardless of income, can receive the best possible care and education for their young children.

Our vision is to reduce health inequalities in and around Pike Place Market by increasing social connections, reducing barriers to health care and improving access, education and advocacy for all members of our community. We partner with Neighborcare Health at Pike Place Market where patients collaborate with a team of medical, dental, mental health and substance abuse professionals to develop personal health improvement plans. No one is ever turned away due to a lack of insurance, income or immigration status.

Our vision is to support the health of our low-income neighbors by providing increased access to the abundance of healthy food in Pike Place Market. Through our Food Access Program, we administer a variety of reduced price shopping programs, to encourage low-income and working-poor neighbors to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from Market farmers and produce vendors. Thousands of our neighbors also rely on weekly shopping trips to the Pike Market Food Bank and free hot meals at the Pike Market Senior Center to meet their daily nutritional needs.

Our vision is to ensure that our neighborhood and built environment is safe, accessible and activated for everyone. Throughout our 37-year history, the Market Foundation has invested more than $15 million in private funds and secured more than $75 million in public funds to support the development and refurbishment of 600+ units of low-income housing, an accessible senior center, expanded preschool, medical clinic, food bank and most-recently a neighborhood center and community garden.


Our Impact



Legacy Partners are our long-standing partners in the Market community, often referred to as the “Five Families”. Since the early 1980s, the Market Foundation has dedicated consistent, unrestricted funding to allow our Market partners to sustain operations year-after-year and improve services in the Market community. We are not only a major funder of these programs, but we also collaborate to improve services and identify critical connections to improve the impact of the community as a whole.

Pike Market Food Bank

The Pike Market Food Bank serves anyone who lives in downtown Seattle withgroceries and Market-fresh produce and baked goods; they also have no-cookfood options for visitors who are homeless or lack access to cooking facilities. Learn More

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Pike Market Childcare & Preschool

Pike Market Childcare & Preschool serves 110 children in the Market community and ensures families of all income levels have access to high-quality, affordable childcare. Learn More

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Neighborcare Health at Pike Place Market

A healthcare home for our most vulnerable neighbors in downtown. Serving more than 4,500 patients last year, many of whom struggle with housing stability, mental and behavioral health issues, substance abuse and a history of little to no access to medical care. Learn More

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Pike Market Senior Center

The Pike Market Senior Center serves the most vulnerable population of any senior center in Seattle, reporting over 51,000 visits and over 48,000 meals served over the last year. Learn More

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Heritage House at the Market

Heritage House at the Market is the only assisted living facility in downtown Seattle that cares for residents who are low income and receive Medicaid. Learn More

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Our Programs



Our special projects fund to meet the emerging service and capital needs in the Market community.

Food Access Program

The Food Access Program allows our hungry neighbors to receive quality, fresh food from Pike Place Market farmers. We are excited to expand this program by bringing a variety of new activities centered on food and community. Learn More

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The Market Commons

A resource center and gathering place where the Market community comes together to access social services, participate in group activities and share skills. Learn More

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Community Safety Net

The Market’s Community Safety Net is a fund available to anyone working or living in Pike Place Market who has experienced extreme financial hardship, and needs support to regain their stability. Learn More

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Rachel's Reserve

Special projects that make a positive impact on the neighborhood or built environment of the Market.

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Billie's Bank

We also fund and collaborate on small, community-driven projects that improve the health of the community and its members and inspire new relationships and connections.

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