Seattle is now a Big Table Affiliate city.

Over the six years Big Table has been in Seattle, you have helped make a huge difference in the lives of 1,400 individual restaurant and hospitality workers and their families since 2015 – impacting 668 Seattle-area restaurants and hotels and providing a lifeline for low-income workers and their families in crisis.

It is with deep sadness that we share that our Board of Directors has decided that Big Table will close its Seattle office at the end of 2021 due to soaring costs and pandemic-related challenges. We are working with local partners to continue to support those in crisis through a local volunteer network.

As a result, we are no longer taking care referrals as of December 1st, 2021.

You can still be a part of our mission and care for those in your own community and beyond. You can still be Big Table. Several easy yet impactful ideas can be found in our guide: HOW TO CARE WHILE EATING AND SLEEPING. Thank you for your support and we hope our Seattle story has more chapters yet to come.

community resources for hospitality employees


unexpected 20s

Want to get involved now? Try sharing some U20s! This is a great place for individuals and small groups to start partnering with Big Table. Big Table provides small envelopes that you fill with $20 bills and give out when in a restaurant or hotel. Simple and amazingly effective. Look for one person working in a restaurant or hotel invisible to others, or one that is having a bad day. It very well could be someone in the kitchen or behind the scenes. Then give them the Unexpected 20 envelope with a $20 bill inside. Tell them it is simply a gift for them…no strings attached. This is not payment or a tip, it is a gift. After the Unexpected 20 is delivered email us with a story of what you noticed or felt at

Need envelopes? You can print your own or contact your city and we’d love to send you some.

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(509) 979-1005

Volunteer with our Seattle team