Where to Get Free Christmas Meals in Spokane and Bellingham
The holidays can be a difficult time. Finding services that provide free Christmas meals in Spokane, Bellingham, and the surrounding areas can also prove difficult. Everyone deserves a hot meal any day of the year, and money should not be a barrier to access. We’ve scoured the internet for services offering free Christmas meals this year so you can feast on the upcoming holiday.
December 22, 2023
Here’s what we found:
Free Christmas Meals Near Bellingham
While few programs are offering confirmed Christmas meals in Bellingham, we found some in the surrounding areas. We’ve included options both in and around Bellingham below:
Church of the Assumption on Cornwall – Bellingham
A free Christmas meal will be offered at the Church of the Assumption on Cornwall Avenue in Bellingham, WA. The meal will be served in the church’s gym, and will begin at 1 p.m. The church is located at 2116 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225. Call (360) 733-1380 with any questions.
Friendship House – Mount Vernon, Skagit County
Located at 108 Snoqualmie Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273, Friendship House is serving both Christmas brunch and dinner. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and dinner is served from 3 to 5 p.m.
Everyone is welcome. Keep in mind that this program serves nutritious hot meals 365 days a year to anyone in need. Whether it’s the holiday season or just a hungry time, you can count on Friendship House for necessary meals.
Free community Christmas Dinner at Anacortes Lutheran Church
The Anacortes Lutheran Church, located at 2100 O Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221, is offering a free Christmas Dinner on Monday, December 25th from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The church will provide table service between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., as well as a drive through pick-up service from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. To enter, find the parking lot on “O” Avenue and proceed to the alley to pick up your meal. Questions? Call (360-293-9586).
Free Christmas Meals in Spokane
Finding confirmed free Christmas meals in Spokane has also proven to be difficult. We did, however, confirm via phone that the following location will offer a free Christmas meal on Christmas Eve:
Union Gospel Mission Men’s Shelter – Spokane
Although the Union Gospel Mission is a men’s shelter, the Christmas Eve meal is open to anybody, including women and children.
Located at 1224 East Trent Avenue, the shelter will begin serving dinner at 5 p.m and end services at 6:30 p.m. No pets are allowed except for service animals, and singles and families are both welcome. High chairs are available for youngsters. Large bags will need to be left in vehicles or at the entrance, and guests must be sober.
Those who can’t make it into the dining room can take a hot meal to go in a disposable container.
Free Christmas meals between Spokane and Bellingham
If you find yourself between our Bellingham weed store and Spokane pot shops, there are some resources for a free Christmas dinner. Here are some free Christmas dinner options in Seattle.
Christmas (and New Year) lunch at All Pilgrims Church
All Pilgrims Church on Capitol Hill is offering a free Christmas and New Year’s day meal for anyone who wants to join. The program typically serves ham or turkey alongside a vegetarian option. Food is served between 12 and 1 p.m. as a to-go option. Keep in mind that this program offers meals from 12 to 1 p.m. every weekday year round. If you’re looking for a non-holiday meal in the future, this may be a good option.
Other resources for the holiday season
Food is not the only concern this time of year. Staying dry and warm is another priority.
For those in the Spokane area, you can visit https://sheltermespokane.org/ to see shelter spaces and their current availability. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence needing help, you can contact the YWCA 24-Hour Helpline at 509.326.2255 or text 509.220.3725.
Additionally, we found this Spokane area resource on the web:
“The Salvation Army, which operates TRAC, has vans that can meet people where they are at 24/7 and help them connect to local shelters. Call 509.280.6860 or 509.280.6894 for a ride.”
Here is a list of libraries open during the daytime that can be utilized to stay out of the cold:
“Spokane Public Library locations are open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and noon-4 p.m. Sunday.
- Central – 906 W. Main St.
- Shadle Park – 2111 W. Wellesley Ave.
- Liberty Park – 402 S. Pittsburg St.
- South Hill – 3324 S. Perry St.
- Hillyard – 4110 N. Cook St.
- Indian Trail – 4909 W. Barnes Rd.”
Those in the Bellingham area can utilize this list of available shelters.
For those seeking assistance leaving domestic violence situations, here is a resource:
“Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services (DVSAS) Shelter for those Fleeing Domestic Violence
What it provides: Safe, confidential shelter and services.
Who it serves: Individuals and families fleeing domestic violence.
Contact phone: Any person needing shelter due to domestic violence is encouraged to call the 24-hour hotline for help at 1-877-715-1563.”
If you are in crisis anywhere, you can give 988 a call to speak with a crisis counselor.
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The holidays can be a difficult time. We hope this list of services offering free Christmas meals will help you and/or your family access a hot and nutritious meal this Christmas. And if you need housing resources, we hope we’ve provided a good starting point for finding safe housing that will fit your situation.