Seattle to give away 2,000 free ORCA cards to food and grocery workers

The City of Seattle announced Wednesday it would provide 2,000 free ORCA cards to workers in the hardest-hit communities this month as part of the city’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The six-month program is designed to help people get back to work in areas that need it most. With Seattle recently reaching 70% of eligible residents vaccinated — a country-wide high for major cities — city leaders are focused on getting employees back to work safely.

The first wave of the program will be directed toward people in the Little Saigon, Chinatown/International District, Japantown and Pioneer Square area who work grocery or food service jobs.

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