Free Coffee To Return At State Rest Areas

iStockJust in time for Memorial Day Weekend travel, the free coffee program at most Washington Dept. of Transportation (WSDOT) rest areas will resume. Starting Friday May 20th, non-profit volunteer organizations will begin to start offering coffee and other non-carbonated beverages. The program was suspended during the Covid-19 pandemic that is now easing.

The program helps promote safe highways by offering free coffee to give drivers a chance to stretch their legs and enjoy a beverage, avoiding any drowsy tendencies. Out of the 47 rest areas across the state, 34 can be involved in the free coffee program. While stopped at the rest area, drivers can learn more about the volunteer group and make donations for the coffee service.

Non-profit volunteer groups can sign up now on the revised WSDOT Free Coffee Program website. The program has been streamlined so it is more consistent from one rest area to the next statewide.

One significant change from previous years? No food of any kind is permitted. So much for those tempting cookies including those butter cookies in the blue tins enjoyed in the past. Only non-carbonated beverages will be offered including coffee, teas, cocoa, juices, lemonade or water. Covid-19 protocols will also be place.

If you are part of a non-profit volunteer organization, your group can sign up to be a part of the Free Coffee program. Visit the WSDOT Free Coffee Program website to learn more about the program and complete the needed forms.

So for those heading out on the road for the Memorial Day Weekend and beyond into summer, the rest area free coffee program is back to enjoy.

North Sound Meteorologist Ted Buehner worked more than 40 years for the National Weather Service (NWS) from 1977 to 2018. He is now an Everett Post Media team member. Together with Everett Post Weather Minute Podcasts, he provides morning and afternoon commute traffic and weather updates on both KRKO and KXA Radio, and sports reporting on KRKO.