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From assistance with SSI/SSID to a list of meal sites and food banks, we will connect you to our community partners in times of need.

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Energy Assistance

Emergency or general energy assistance is available for those who meet income eligibility when funding is available. This service is provided by SNAP and only available once per heating season (October 1st of one year to September 30th of the next).

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SSI and SSDI Assistance 

Individuals experiencing homelessness can connect with an SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) Specialist who will assist with and expedite the SSI/SSDI application process.  Application advice is available to everyone.

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Community Shelters, Clothing & Food Banks, Meal Sites 

We offer personalized recommendations for shelters, food & clothing banks, and meal sites.

  • The following lists are up-to-date and accurate, however, due to the nature of community resources, it is common for there to be schedule and location changes.
  • Please call each location before visiting. If you find any of the information offered needs to change, please send an email to

Local Shelters


Clothing Banks


Meal Sites

Meal sites are offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner during specific hours.  Our Community Events calendar will provide you with the details of meal sites. 

It is encouraged to call ahead of time as this service to the community is based on availability.


Food Banks

Food banks serve specific ZIP codes; you may need to bring proof of your address, e.g. photo ID or a piece of mail, in order to benefit from the items they can provide.  

Our partners at 2nd Harvest has provided a website to connect you to a food bank or pantry.


Grab & Go Meals - COVID-19 Response 

SPS is offering grab & go meals – a breakfast and a lunch together – for any child aged 0-18, or currently enrolled in high school, at the locations listed in the link below from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

YES, that's any student, even those who don't attend Spokane Public Schools!


Mead School District Food Pick Locations - COVID-19 Response

*Updated March 23, 2020

Distribution centers include schools and community locations with specific pick-up window times.

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