Seattle giving $5 million in grocery vouchers to help families impacted by coronavirus

Seattle giving $5 million in grocery vouchers to help families impacted by coronavirus
A Safeway customer browses in the fruit and vegetable section. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SEATTLE — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced Monday the city is providing $5 million in grocery vouchers to help families impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Durkan said the program will give 6,520 families $800 in vouchers in food, cleaning supplies and other household goods at any Safeway in the state.

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The vouchers will be given to eligible families currently enrolled in city-supported child care programs and food assistance programs.

“We know that working families in Seattle are already struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As schools and child care facilities close, we need to do everything we can to support families and ensure they can put food on the table,” Durkan said.

The city’s Office of Sustainability and Environment will give the vouchers in two $400 installments.

As of March 25, some families have already received their vouchers.

The vouchers can not be used on tobacco, alcohol, lottery tickets or fuel. Those looking to use the vouchers need to have a free Safeway membership.