From the Director's Desk
Time to Gather; Time to Give

It’s always difficult to say good-bye to summer, but Spokane never disappoints when it comes to classic autumn beauty. Vibrant colors, apples from the Bluff, fine weather, football and pumpkin spice lattes on every corner…it’s my favorite time of year! With kiddos back in school and colder weather on its way, the restaurant’s fresh, hot meals are not only a source of nourishment, but also a source of comfort. Our meals, served in-house and at more than two dozen locations across the community, make all the difference for someone who says, “I need help with food today.”

It’s also a favorite time of year to refocus on ways to support our community members. Every fall, we welcome volunteers back from vacations and time at the lake, refreshed and ready to lend a hand. We also reconnect with donors who give so generously to keep our program families well nourished. 

This year, we’ve opened up several avenues for giving. Please read on to discover your opportunity to help comfort a hungry child, keep a senior woman connected and healthy, or bring relief to a single mom reaching the end of her monthly resources.

With gratitude,

Lisa Diffley
Executive Director
Program Feature
Nutrition Essentials

We teach families to improve their physical and financial health through nutrition education, cooking skills, and ways to stretch limited food dollars. Nutrition Essentials is designed to equip women and children with knowledge and resources designed to improve their overall health and reduce the risk of preventable diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Our weekly classes are taught by Registered Dietitian, Makenzie Hall. Makenzie brings her knowledge and excitement to class as she shares the basics of nutrition with practical applications. Each class includes a presentation, a game or activity related to the lesson, a recipe and handout and grocery giveaways. Classes include topics such as how to read a nutrition label, choosing whole grains and proteins, how to cook dry goods from scratch and basic cooking skills in our demonstration kitchen, fun exercises to do at home, portion sizing and much more.

We're thrilled to have Makenzie join our team!
Service Spotlight
Nancy and Lyle Coffey volunteer their time at WCFR. This is Lyle's third year and now that Nancy is retired, she joined us in September. They are a dynamic duo and when they aren't volunteering for us, they love gardening, traveling and creating miniatures. Nancy is learning to play the piano.

When asked why did you choose WCFR to volunteer for, Lyle responded "after two years of retirement (and feeling like a kid on summer vacation!), I felt it was time to investigate opportunities to give back to the community. When I saw a notice for a volunteer opportunity at WCFR in my church bulletin, it felt like a tap on the shoulder and a voice saying 'this is it!'". The they history.

Lyle is a true advocate and supports our mission statement. This is what he had to say about it. "For me, the WCFR mission statement expressed precisely the kind of organization that I wanted to volunteer for, presenting an opportunity to give back to the community as well as helping those less fortunate. After listening to me list the many virtues of WCFR, and accompanying me to several WCFR events, Nancy has wholeheartedly embraced the mission as well."

We appreciate you both so much and thank you for your service!

Would you like join our amazing team of volunteers? We offer a wide range of opportunities to lend a hand. Visit our website to learn more or join us on the first and third Thursday of every month from 4-5 pm for an info session and tour of the Restaurant. RSVP to Jessica Gebhardt at

Ways to support WCFR this season

Thanksgiving Baking Fundraiser!
Let us do the baking for you this Thanksgiving! Order your Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese frosting now through November 15th (pick up on the 20th). Great for a hostess gift, employee gift or just enjoy yourself!

$25.00 each

Join us on Friday, November 2nd!
We are partnering with Twigs Bistro's Share-Give Hope program for a delicious fundraising opportunity.

Simply print the coupon located on our website , go to any of the Spokane area Twigs Bistro locations, and present the coupon to your server at the end of your meal. 10% of your food and beverage purchases will come back to WCFR to enrich our programs.
Valid only on Friday,
November 2, 2018 
Dine at any of the Spokane area locations:   River Park Square , Spokane Valley Mall , South Hill or Wandermere.

Save the Date!

November 27th is #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community and we hope you will consider supporting Women & Children's Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen on November 27th! 

Join us for the Spokane Chiefs Fundraiser Hockey Night on
Saturday, November 17th!

WCFR has the opportunity to raise $5 for each ticket purchased for the game.

Tickets will be offered at a special group price of $15.00 (normally $21.00).

Simply purchase your ticket(s) here and $5 from each ticket sold will come back to WCFR!


You can get in to the Spirit of Giving by nominating an individual, family or organization (WCFR)!

Franz Bakery will honor 50 individuals and/or families to each receive $500 this Holiday season. The Franz Bakery Foundation, which aims to support organizations that focus on hunger reduction as well as family and youth development, will also donate $2,500 to 20 non-profits. Please consider nominating WCFR for the
non-profit giving.
All nominations must be submitted before Monday, November 26th on the Franz website to be considered

If your nominee is selected you will receive a one year supply of
Franz bread!  
Give $30 for 30
Honor WCFR's 30th anniversary with a donation pledge of $30 a month for one year. You'll receive an enameled lapel pin of our 30th anniversary designed by our friends at DH.

Fred Meyer Community Rewards makes fund-raising easy by donating to local organizations based on the shopping you do everyday.

Simply go to their website Fred Meyer . Once logged into your Fred Meyer account, you can search for WCFR by our designated number KF883 and then press Enroll. New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a rewards card. If you don't have a Fred Meyer Reward Card, you can get one at their Customer Service Desk.

Don't forget that when you shop at Amazon, they will donate to WCFR!

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible purchases.

Tens of millions of products are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.
Remember, only purchases made at , (not or the mobile app,) generate AmazonSmile donations.

Chef Melissa's Creamy Asparagus Soup
Makes 8-10 servings
Served at Dinner on the Bridge

·         ½ cup butter
·         2 leeks, chopped and rinsed
·         1 medium onion, chopped
·         3 ribs celery, chopped
·         4 medium Yukon gold potatoes peeled and chopped
·         2 bay leaves, crumbled
·         8 cups water
·         2 vegetable bouillon cubes
·         3 lbs. fresh asparagus
·         2 cups heavy cream
·         Salt and pepper to taste


1.) In a 4-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat

2.) Add leeks, onion, and celery and cook until onion is translucent. Add water, bouillon cubes and bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Add potatoes, boil for 10 minutes and reduce to a simmer.

3.) While the soup is simmering, break off bottom part of the asparagus stems and discard. Wash and cut into 1-inch pieces.

4.) Add asparagus to the simmering pot and cook 5 minutes longer.

5.) Use a fork to test one of the potatoes. Once the potatoes are soft, turn off the soup.

6.) Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth.

7.) Strain mixture through a kitchen sieve and return to the saucepan.

8.) Stirring constantly, bring the soup back up to a simmer.

9.) Add cream, and salt and pepper to taste.

10.) Serve warm and enjoy!
Upcoming Event:
14th Annual Souper Bowl
Sunday, February 3, 2019
Come join us with your friends or on your own, meet other adventurous spirits, and spend the day playing in the snow, while supporting the Women and Children’s Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen. You will be done in time for the Super Bowl!! The theme will be Hawaiian!

WCFR provides homemade soup as well as our famous raspberry oat bars! Last year we offered the soup and bars for sale after lunch, and it was so well received we have decided to add it to your ticket to purchase ahead of time! Look for that while registering!