Rest Area Free Coffee Program

This popular program benefits the public, participating volunteer groups and WSDOT.

The Free Coffee Program promotes safe highways by offering free coffee to reduce drowsy driving. Local volunteer groups provide free coffee to the traveling public at designated rest area locations – 32 out of 47 statewide rest areas. In turn, travelers can learn more about the volunteer group and make a voluntary donation for the coffee service.  

Update May 2022

We are excited to announce the reopening of the Free Coffee Program with bookings for Friday, May 20, 2022, and beyond.

What's new

We have updated the Free Coffee Program statewide and are making information easily available online for our volunteer groups to sign up including an Safety Rest Area Free Coffee Program Checklist (PDF 226KB)

We have streamlined our policy requirements so that they are consistent across the state. Volunteers should ensure they review the permit prior to signing. Some important changes include: 

  • Only coffee and non-carbonated beverages will be served – no food is allowed. 

  • Solicitation of donations is prohibited; any donations are voluntary. 

  • Some rest areas will require a pre-meeting at the rest area to review specific facility information prior to finalization of planned volunteer date. 

  • All rest area volunteer groups must follow COVID safety guidelines and follow the requirements of Governor Inslee’s Amended Proclamation 12-14 (PDF 274KB), including providing a declaration (DOC 29KB) to WSDOT that the group meets the proclamation’s vaccine verification, exemptions, and accommodations requirements. 

How to sign up

  1. Download, review and sign the WSDOT Safety Rest Area Free Coffee Program Agreement (PDF 165KB)

  1. Download, review and sign the declaration (DOC 29KB) required for Amended Proclamation 12-14 (PDF 274KB)

  1. Find your local coordinator below and email the completed paperwork: WSDOT Safety Rest Area Free Coffee Program Agreement with three date options, the Amended Proclamation 12-14 declaration form and proof of non-profit status. 

  2. Look for an email response with next steps, dates or signed permit within 5-7 business days of your initial request. With reopening the Free Coffee Program, higher volumes of requests are anticipated. As an alternative to email, you can choose to mail your information to your local coordinator office listed below. Mailed requests will take additional processing time. 

Rules & regulations

This popular program was set up to improve safety for the traveling public on Washington state highways. Only non-profit organizations are permitted to participate in this program and they must be able to verify their non-profit status.  

For safety rest areas with high volumes of visitors, there is usually a list of groups waiting to participate in the Free Coffee Program and reservations for time slots may be arranged a year or more in advance. Other rest areas with fewer visitors may not have the Free Coffee Program or limit the times when free coffee may be served. 

Each rest area may have specific location provisions such as hours and sign-up methods which can be found in the precheck document provided by reaching out to your local coordinator. 

Participation rules

  • Only non-profit organizations will be permitted to participate in this program. Organizations must be able to verify their non-profit status as requested. 

  • Permits and forms shall be in possession of volunteers serving coffee and refreshments. 

  •  Permits are not transferable and may be revoked for noncompliance with state statute, administrative rule or the terms of the permit. 

  • When there is a need to relinquish a permit, the organization must provide advanced written notice stating their request to cancel. Failure of an organization to dispense refreshments or notify the issuing office of the cancellation with one week notice prior to the date of the permit, may result in a one-year suspension of eligibility for permits. 

  • Some rest areas will require a precheck at the safety rest area to review specific facility information prior to finalization of planned volunteer date. Some rest areas will provide a checklist for location specific information. Please confirm with your local coordinator.  

  • Any activity is to be carried out solely within the safety rest areas, free from any ramp or surface used for the movement of vehicles. 

  • Participants under the age of eighteen must always have adult supervision.  

  • Harassment or confrontation of WSDOT staff is grounds for immediate denial and future use of rests areas.  

Reservations

Separate permits are issued for each rest area. No telephone reservations will be taken and no telephone information on available dates will be given. Given the uniqueness of rest area locations, participants should review specific location information on the Safety Rest Area Free Coffee Program Checklist (PDF 226KB). Reservations can be made thru email, by mailing information to your local coordinator office or by setting up an appointment to drop off documents at your local coordinator office.  

Health guidelines 

  • Rest area volunteer groups must follow COVID safety guidelines and follow the requirements of Governor Inslee’s Amended Proclamation 12-14 (PDF 274KB), including providing a declaration (DOC 110KB) to WSDOT that the group meets the proclamation’s vaccine verification, exemptions and accommodations requirements. Please contact your local coordinator for details. More information on proclamation requirements is also available online on the state’s Vaccine Mandate Frequently Asked Questions webpage under “additional resources.” 

  • Only beverages including coffee, cocoa, teas, juice, lemonade or water are allowed to be served. No carbonated drinks or food of any kind are allowed. Per The Randolph Sheppard Act 20 U.S. Code §107a, priority is given to vending machines operated by the Commission for the Blind. A similar Mini Randolph Sheppard Act exists for WA state RCWA §74.18.010 thru §74.18.903.   

  • Water for coffee will be obtained from designated rest area taps or brought in as directed by the rest area staff. 

  • Pets are not permitted in the kiosk and coffee serving area. 

  • If anyone in your group has any signs or symptoms of illness, they should not participate in free coffee program activities. 

Serving guidelines 

  • The free coffee service is to be only in the designated area. The service must not obstruct access to any building or other structure in the rest area. 

  • A copy of these rules must accompany the permit. Both must be posted during serving terms. 

  • WSDOT may provide limited access to water and electricity in the rest area. The organization shall limit electrical use to 120V 20 AMPS.  

  • The organization is responsible for all equipment and supplies necessary for the service and any extraordinary costs incurred by WSDOT because of this service. 

  • Volunteer groups are required to clean up coffee service-related debris from facilities surrounding the attended coffee area throughout their shift and at the end of the shift. This includes canopy arch, sidewalks and lawn areas. Coffee grounds, cigarette butts, cups and other debris associated with coffee drinkers are to be put into plastic bags and placed in garbage. Restrooms are to be kept clean of all dispensed coffee-service related materials. 

  • 23 U.S. Code § 131 – Control of Outdoor Advertising supports limited signage by nonprofit organizations serving free coffee to individuals traveling on the interstate system. “Free coffee” shall include coffee for which a donation may be made but is not required. Coffee and refreshments are offered free of charge to motorists. Solicitation of voluntary donations is prohibited.  

  • The serving area must have at least one (1) sign on the booth showing the free coffee service and the organization.  

  • No more than two (2) signs or posters identifying the service and the organization by name only may be used (e.g. "Free Coffee--Served By ______"). The signs are limited to a maximum of 18” x 24” each and placed in the area designated for the service.  

  • No other advertisement for any organization, activity or fundraiser will be allowed including additional signs or sandwich boards. Handing out or posting literature is prohibited. Cups or dispensing units may not carry advertising.  

  • Signs must be removed when the service is closed. 

  • All lost and found items will be given to the rest area staff on-site. 

  • Fires are not permitted. Electric heaters plugged into rest area facilities are not permitted.  

  • In the event of an emergency, dial 911.  

Local Coordinators 

Find your Free Coffee Program coordinator, who can help coordinate your Free Coffee Program Volunteer group participation. The area coordinators are listed below by WSDOT regions.

Northwest 

Rest Area 

Interstate/ Route # 

Direction 

Email Link 

Mailing Location 

Office Phone 

Bow Hill  

I-5 

Northbound 

Bow Hill NB Coffee 

3920 Airport Way 
Bellingham, WA. 98226 

360-788-2500 

Bow Hill  

I-5 

Southbound 

Bow Hill SB Coffee 

3920 Airport Way 
Bellingham, WA. 98226 

360-788-2500 

Custer 

I-5 

Northbound 

Custer NB Coffee 

3920 Airport Way 
Bellingham, WA. 98226 

360-788-2500 

Custer 

I-5 

Southbound 

Custer SB Coffee 

3920 Airport Way 
Bellingham, WA. 98226 

360-788-2500 

SeaTac 

I-5  

Northbound 

SeaTac SB Coffee 

26620 68th Avenue S.  
Kent, WA 98032-7270 

253-372-3900 

Smokey Point 
Online Calendar
 

I-5  

Southbound 

Smokey Point SB Coffee 

709 N Broadway Ave, Everett, WA 98201-1247 

425-258-8300 

Smokey Point 
Online Calendar
 

I-5  

Northbound 

Smokey Point NB Coffee 

709 N Broadway Ave, Everett, WA 98201-1247 

425-258-8300 

  

  

  

 

  

  

North Central Region 

Rest Area 

Interstate/ Route # 

Direction 

Email Link 

Mailing Location 

Office Phone 

Nason Creek  

US 2  

Multidirectional 

Nason Creek Coffee 

2830 Euclid Ave,  
Wenatchee WA 98801 

509-667-2806 

Quincy Valley 

SR 28 

Multidirectional 

Quincy Valley Coffee 

804 Basin St. NW Ephrata, WA 98823 

509-754-2056 

Winchester 

I-90 

Eastbound 

Winchester Coffee 

804 Basin St. NW Ephrata, WA 98823 

509-754-2056 

  

  

  

 

  

  

Olympic Region 

Rest Area 

Interstate/ Route # 

Direction 

Email Link 

Mailing Location 

Office Phone 

Elma 

SR 8 

Eastbound 

Elma Coffee 

4801 Olympic HWY, Aberdeen, WA 98520 

360-538-8530 

Maytown 
Online Calendar
 

I-5 

Southbound 

Maytown Coffee 

11211 41st Ave SW Tacoma,WA 98499‐4694 

253‐983‐7550 

Scatter Creek 
Online Calendar
 

I-5 

Northbound 

Scatter Creek Coffee 

11211 41st Ave SW Tacoma,WA 98499‐4694 

253‐983‐7550 

  

  

  

 

  

  

Southwest Region 

Rest Area 

Interstate/ Route # 

Direction 

Email Link 

Mailing Location 

Office Phone 

Chamberlain Lake 

SR 14 

Multidirectional 

Chamberlain Lake Coffee 

P.O. Box 125 Goldendale, WA 98620-0125 

(509) 773-4533 

Gee Creek 

I-5 

Northbound 

Gee Creek NB  Coffee 

4100 Main St. Vancouver, WA 98663 

360-619-0600 

Gee Creek 

I-5 

Southbound 

Gee Creek SB  Coffee 

Dismal Nitch 

SR 401 

Multidirectional 

Dismal Nitch Coffee 

103 5th St., Raymond, 98577 

360-942-2092 

Toutle River 

I-5 

Northbound 

Toutle River NB Coffee  

1411 Rush Rd.  
Chehalis, WA 98532 

360-748-2181 

Toutle River 

I-5 

Southbound 

Toutle River SB Coffee  

1411 Rush Rd.  
Chehalis, WA 98532 

360-748-2181 

  

  

  

 

  

  

South Central Region 

Rest Area 

Interstate/ Route # 

Direction 

Email Link 

Mailing Location 

Office Phone 

Indian John Hill 

I-90 

Eastbound 

Indian John Hill EB Coffee 

151 South Bullfrog Road  
Cle Elum, WA 98922-9689 

509-674-4443  

Indian John Hill 

I-90 

Westbound 

Indian John Hill WB Coffee 

151 South Bullfrog Road  
Cle Elum, WA 98922-9689 

509-674-4443  

Prosser 

I-82 

Multidirectional 

Prosser Coffee 

1816 N. 4th  
Pasco,  WA 99301-3727 

509-577-1933 

Selah Creek 

I-82 

Eastbound 

Selah Creek EB Coffee 

900 E Selah Rd  
Yakima, WA 98901 

(509) 577-1920 

Selah Creek 

I-82 

Westbound 

Selah Creek WB Coffee 

900 E Selah Rd  
Yakima, WA 98901 

(509) 577-1920 

Vernita 

SR 24 

Multidirectional 

Vernita Coffee 

900 E Selah Rd  
Yakima, WA 98901 

(509) 577-1920 

  

  

  

 

  

  

Eastern Region 

Rest Area 

Interstate/ Route # 

Direction 

Email Link 

Mailing Location 

Office Phone 

Hatton Coulee 

SR 26/US 395 

Multidirectional 

Hatton Coulee Coffee 

1407 Morgan St  
Davenport, WA 99122 

509-324-6583 

Schrag 

I-90 

Eastbound 

Schrag EB Coffee 

1408 Morgan St  
Davenport, WA 99122 

509-725-4191 

Schrag 

I-90 

Westbound 

Schrag WB Coffee 

1409 Morgan St  
Davenport, WA 99122 

509-725-4191 

Sprague Lake 

I-90 

Eastbound 

Sprague Lake EB Coffee 

1410 Morgan St  
Davenport, WA 99122 

509-725-4191 

Sprague Lake 

I-90 

Westbound 

Sprague Lake WB Coffee 

1411 Morgan St  
Davenport, WA 99122 

509-725-4191 

Telford 

US 2 

Multidirectional 

Telford Coffee 

1412 Morgan St  
Davenport, WA 99122 

509-725-4191 

Horn School 

US 195 

Multidirectional 

Horn School Coffee 

P.O. Box 150  
Colfax, WA 991111-0150 

509-397-3051 

 

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