Teen Feed works with the community to offer support to meet basic needs, support strong relationships, and ally with houseless youth as they meet their future off the streets.

Our Core Values

Human Rights

All people are entitled to the basic human rights of health, safety, and self-determination.

Equity and Empathy

Homelessness is not a reflection of the merits of one’s character. We are all people of equal value; any of us could be in the same situation as the people we serve.

Mutual Respect

We work to foster a sense of mutual respect with our clients. We recognize the autonomy of the youth we serve and respect their values and judgments.

Youth Voices

The young people we serve have the right to meaningful voice and feedback about Teen Feed services.

Inclusive Care

Low barrier services are provided through the understanding of trauma-informed care, the effects of gender, racial and social inequities, and the importance of undoing institutional racism in practice.

Relationship Building

We build and nurture relationships through consistency, trust, and mutual accountability.

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Critical support through
integrated programming

What We Do

With the tremendous support of the community, Teen Feed responds to the most basic needs of houseless and at-risk youth in the following focus areas: healthy meals and lives, youth support coordination, street outreach, and healthcare access. Teen Feed is made up of three integrated programs: the Teen Feed Meal Program, the Street Talk Outreach Program (STOP), and Service Links for Youth (SLY). Healthcare support is an integrated component of all existing programs. Our services have continued nonstop throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.



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Meeting youth where they are

Our History

In 1987, nurses from Seattle’s University of Washington Medical Center noticed street youth in the University District area were severely malnourished. Together with community and faith groups, Teen Feed began to “meet youth where they are” by serving warm meals to youth in local donated meal sites. Today, Teen Feed provides warm meals, basic needs items, and supportive connections 365 days a year.