IssuesCOVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has put millions of people out of work and resulted in unprecedented economic and social upheaval. In response, many community organizations and local non-profits have stepped up to provide aid to our 26th LD Pierce and Kitsap county residents in need.

This guide outlines many local assistance programs and resources for our residents, albeit there are many other federal and state efforts also providing aid during this crisis.

Health Information

Local Pierce County Resources

Food Resources

4107 Harborview Dr. Gig Harbor, WA.
Wednesday – Saturday, 2:00 – 6:00 PM
For seniors: free daily special and soup to go, reserve 24 hours in advance by calling 253-720-6005.

  • Food Backpacks 4 Kids:

All families who receive a food backpack can continue to receive food in our new Weekly “Drive-by” Food Pick Up Program on Saturdays at noon at three locations:

Henderson Bay High School Parking Lot
Gateway Park Parking Lot
Evergreen Elementary Parking Lot

In addition, ANY family in the Peninsula School District with school-aged children in need of food should send an e-mail to info@foodbackpacks4kids.org – just let us know which pickup location is most convenient for you, your name and the number of children. Families without transportation should also email us – we want every student in the district to not have any issues with food insecurity.

4425 Burnham Dr., Gig Harbor WA 98332
Providing food on Mondays and Fridays 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Wednesdays and Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call GHP FISH Financial Assistance (253 851-8800) for help with essential bills.

1916 Key Peninsula Highway North, Lakebay, WA 98349:
Open Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 2 pm-6 pm Wednesday 2pm-8pm and Saturday: 2 pm-5 pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.

17015 9th St Ct NW, Lakebay, WA. 98349

Food Basket Hours:Tuesday – 10AM – 11:45AM & 12:45PM – 3PM
Wednesday – 10AM – 11:45AM & 12:45PM – 5:30PM
Thursday – 10AM – 11:45AM & 12:45PM – 3PM
Friday – 10AM – 11:45AM & 12:45PM – 3PM

  • Bread Closet Hours:

Tuesday – 10AM – Noon & 12:45PM – 4PM
Wednesday – 10AM – Noon & 12:45PM – 6PM
Thursday – 10AM – Noon & 12:45PM – 4PM
Friday – 10AM – Noon & 12:45PM – 4PM

  • Senior Center:
    Has suspended all programs except for lunches. Lunches are available for drive-through on Wednesdays & Fridays. You need to make a reservation the DAY BEFORE no later than 4PM. Call in your order (253) 884-4440 or email Kyong:

Providing free lunches to all students under 18, Monday-Friday between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at:

Artondale Elementary;
Evergreen Elementary;
Purdy Elementary;
Key Peninsula Middle School; and
Gig Harbor High School.

Local Kitsap County Resources

Community Resources and Information: 

– Kitsap 211:The 2-1-1 hotline, staffed by the United Way of Kitsap County, helps residents connect to local services or refer them to additional resources. People can also text the word “Coronavirus” to 211211 to receive information and updates wherever you are. If people have questions about COVID-19 in Washington state, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press # from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. (The call center cannot access COVID-19 testing results.)

– Kitsap Cares: The Kitsap Community Foundation has set up a website to share a variety of local resources, assistance programs and community services.

– Kitsap County COVID-19 Information: The county has a webpage dedicated to sharing public updates, government programs, and assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. The page is updated with new resources daily. 

Financial Assistance:

– Bremerton Rental Assistance: The Bremerton Housing Authority is offering short-term rental assistance for residents who have lost income or their job because of the coronavirus pandemic. Residents must live within Bremerton city boundaries.

– Other Rental and Energy Assistance: Several nonprofits and charities also provide some rental assistance. Contact Kitsap Community Resources at 360-473-2056 or the Housing Solutions Center at 360-473-2035 to learn more about help. In North Kitsap, contact Fishline at 360-779-5190.

– Veteran’s Assistance: Kitsap County’s Veterans Assistance Fund, administered by KCR, is providing emergency funds for veterans and their families for basic needs such as housing, utilities, prescriptions and food.

  • The Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board also offers resources for veterans and their families in need. Disabled American Veterans Chapter 5 is offering online or phone service to veterans who wish to file service-connected disability claims or assistance with existing claims: You can call 360-3732397 from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Wednesday. 

– The COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief Fund: Artist Trust is offering grants of $500 to $5,000 for Washington state artists impacted by COVID-19.

– Small Loans: Kitsap Credit Union is offering loans up to $5,000 for as low as 0% APR for 12 months.

Meals and Food Assistance:

– School Meal Services: The free meal service is available to people under 18 (or up to 21 if enrolled in a special services program). Breakfast and lunch is served Monday through Friday. Learn more about each school district’s program:

– Grab-and-Go Meals: The Boys and Girls Club of South Puget Sound, 3102 Wheaton Way in Bremerton, offers free grab-and-go breakfast and lunches for people under 18. Meals are offered Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. 

– Meals on Wheels: Meals on Wheels Kitsap is accepting new clients over 60 years old who meet program requirements, which includes a participant information form and nutrition risk assessment by phone with Meals on Wheels staff​. All interested individuals should contact 360-377-8511, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

– Kitsap County Food Banks: Food banks are open, with most preparing food boxes for pickup, while some offer delivery. Check your local food bank for instructions: 

– WIC: The Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program offers help for pregnant women, new moms and children under 5 years old. You can call the Help Me Grow WA Hotline at 1-800-322-2588 ot text “WIC” to 96859.

– Kitsap Meal Sites: Other free meals are offered daily at various locations in Bremerton and parts of Kitsap. Visit this free community meal calendar for details. 

Homebound Services:

– Catholic Community Services’ Volunteer Service: For low-income elders and disabled adults, volunteers can drive clients to medical appointments; run errands and go shopping; help housework, yard work, pet care, car and home maintenance, computers and phones; help find benefits and employment; and provide socialization. Call 1-844-851-9380.

– Poulsbo Cares

  • The joint effort by the city of Poulsbo, Empact Northwest, Gateway Fellowship, and Fishline allows homebound residents to request non-emergency, non-medical help. https://cityofpoulsbo.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Poulsbo-HELP-line.pdf
  • Those who can’t leave their homes can get help with shopping and free meals are provided twice a day for anyone struggling financially in North Kitsap. To request assistance, call the City of Poulsbo HELP line at 360-517-5037. Assistance can also be requested online through Empact Northwest.

– Kitsap County Aging and Long-Term Care and Senior Assistance Phone Line:360-337-5700 or 1-800-562-6418. 

– Kitsap Community Covid-19 Support & Solidarity: The mutual aid Facebook group allows people to post a public request for aid and anyone can respond to help. Aid requests include assistance with grocery and supply deliveries, companionship, help figuring out social services, and more. 

– Bainbridge Prepares: Learn about Bainbridge Island’s Mutual Aid program.

Homeless Services:

– COVID-19 Activated Homeless Shelters: Kitsap Rescue Mission is running a homeless shelter and dayroom at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds Pavilion, while the Bremerton Salvation Army is hosting it dayroom and shelter at its building on Sixth Street. Call KRM at 360-373-3428 and the Salvation Army at 360-373-5550. Or you can contact the Housing Solutions Center at 360-473-2035.

– COVID-19 Activated Dayroom: Gateway Fellowship church in Poulsbo hosts a day shelter and community kitchen for people who are homeless in North Kitsap. The space is open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., providing meals twice a day. Call the City’s volunteer HELP line for more information 360-517-5037. 

– Youth Dayrooms: The Coffee Oasis is running its youth drop-in centers in Orchard and Poulsbo from noon to 5 p.m. on Monday to Friday. It’s Bremerton location is also open. 

– Other homeless shelters: There are a variety of homeless shelters in Kitsap County for men, women and youth, though each has their own criteria and guidelines. Contact the Housing Solutions Center at 360-473-2035.

Mental Health, Domestic Abuse and Crisis Hotlines:

– Crisis Call Line: Call or text the 24/7 Volunteers of America Crisis Line for help at 1-888-910-0416 if you are in crisis and/or considering suicide.

– National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call the 24/7 hotline at 1-800-273-8255. There are also options for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or have hearing loss. Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454. 

– Kitsap Mental Health: The nonprofit offers crisis support and other mental health services.

– ​Coffee Oasis Text Line: Youth ages 18 to 25 who are experiencing a crisis or just need to talk can text the 24/7 text line at 360-377-5560.

– National Domestic Violence Hotline:1-800-799-7233 and live chat are available 24/7 in more than 200 languages. All calls are free and confidential.

– ​YWCA Domestic Violence Hotline: Call the 24/7 YWCA Crisis Line if you are experiencing domestic violence: 1-800-500-5513. Or text the 24/7 YMCA Crisis Line at 360-277-7607. 

– Call the Scarlet Road’s Survivor Support Line if you are or have experienced sexual exploitation: 360-362-5143. 

– For emergencies, please dial 911. 

Community Funds and Volunteering:

– Unity in the Community – Kitsap’s COVID-19 Response Fund: The Kitsap Community Foundation and United Way of Kitsap County established a fund that offers flexible funding to nonprofits meeting critical basic needs, like food, shelter, meals, as well as mental and behavioral health services for vulnerable residents.

– COVID-19 Temporary Relief Fund: Kitsap Community Resources has put together a relief fund to aid residents facing financial hardship amidst the pandemic. The funds can be used to provide short-term funds to feed a family, pay for housing, among other assistance. 

– Emergency Support Fund: Donations to the both the Franciscan Foundation and Harrison Medical Center Foundation will provide assistance to patients impacted by COVID-19 and necessary resources to support our front line caregivers.

– Meal Donations: Residents can still help by providing meals to the COVID-19 activated homeless shelters and day rooms, by preparing or delivering a meal, or sending money. 

– Community Volunteers: Volunteer Kitsap manages a virtual volunteer database that helps match volunteers to needs. It currently has more than 150 agencies listed. 

– Kitsap County Volunteers: People who want to volunteer at Kitsap County’s quarantine/isolation centers can complete an application and submit to volunteer@kitsapem.org.

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