In this post, we’ve featured 10 of the best food banks in Pierce County, Washington. Read on to learn about them!
St. Leo’s Food Connection in central Tacoma has been helping families in Pierce County since 1982. Open four days a week, visitors to St. Leo’s Food Connection simply need to bring a bag or box to take away at least three days of emergency food for each family member, as well as take part in health checks and job training.
Volunteers are needed six days a week to help manage the pantry and help clients; register to be a volunteer here. You can also support St. Leo’s Food Connection by donating money online or arranging a food drive to collect and donate food. Contact them if you have any other questions or need more information.
Also in Tacoma, My Sister’s Pantry opened in 1999 and provides groceries, clothing, and hot meals to Pierce Country residents. Three times a month, any person living in Pierce County can visit this ‘client choice’ pantry to ‘shop’ the shelves for fresh produce and other groceries.
In University Place, the Families Unlimited Network has been providing healthy food assistance to local families since 2003. Registered clients living in Pierce County receive food bags containing enough pantry stable foods and fresh produce, meats, and breads to feed each family member. Families Unlimited Network also has weekend and summer food programs to help feed children when they are not in school.
Food or in-kind donations are always welcome; you can find a list of the most needed items, as well as drop off locations, here. You can also donate money directly to the food bank here, or become a volunteer by registering here. If you want to organize a food drive or other event to benefit the food bank, contact Families Unlimited Network directly.
Located in Buckley, the Bonney Lake Food Bank provides a client choice market model for those suffering from food insecurity. No proof of income or residence is required, and clients can ‘shop’ the open market once a month, choosing from fresh produce and breads, canned and dried foods, as well as culture-specific foods and foods meeting certain dietary needs.
Check out this page to find out how to donate food or other in-kind items to the Bonney Lake Food Bank or you can make a monetary donation here. You can also register to be a volunteer or to host a food drive. You can contact them using any of the methods at the bottom of their webpage.
For those living in Eatonville or southwest Pierce County, the Eatonville Family Agency is open twice a week to provide emergency food provisions to those suffering from low income and food insecurity. They also offer a clothing bank, school supplies, and resources for senior citizens.
You can support the Eatonville Family Agency by donating money online or via check. To volunteer at the food bank, complete the application found here and submit it at the community center location in Eatonville. Contact the Eatonville Family Agency using the information at the bottom of their About Page to find out more about how to make food and in-kind donations or if you need to access help of any kind.
In Graham, WA, Harvest House Food Pantry helps to combat food insecurity in Pierce County through a weekly Saturday morning food distribution service. Visitors receive a prepackaged box of fresh produce, breads, canned foods, and all dried foods.
Donations of all kinds are welcome at Harvest House. Food donations are accepted at the pantry Wednesday through Friday morning. Cash donations can be delivered or mailed to the Cedar Springs Community Church office, while online donations can be made by clicking the donate button found here. To find out how you can volunteer and to register your interest, visit here. For any other questions, contact Harvest House using the message box found here.
In 2007, a group of local community members opened the Orting Food Bank in Orting, WA, to help combat hunger in Orting and surrounding areas. The food bank is opened four days a week and runs as a client-choice market, where clients can choose their own foods to take away rather than be given a prepackaged food box.
To support the Orting Food Bank, you can donate food or money by following the information found here. Contact the Orting Food Bank if you’d like to volunteer at the food bank or have any other questions.
Ross Bischoff started the Key Peninsula Bischoff Food Bank in 2006 from a single table at the Key Peninsula Lutheran Church in Vaughn. The food bank is now located in Gig Harbor and open five days a week to provide food provisions to those living in the Key Peninsula area and suffering from food insecurity.
To find out how to volunteer or donate, contact the Key Peninsula Bischoff Food Bank using the contact form on their webpage.
Since 1985, the Sumner Community Food Bank in Sumner, WA, has been providing food, toiletries, pet food, and baby items to local residents. Operating as a ‘client choice market’ model, the Sumner Community Food Bank is open six days a week and Thursday evenings; clients can visit every other week to obtain enough food for their families to help sustain them through each week.
As a community-run pantry, the Sumner Community Food Bank relies on the donations and help of its community. Visit this page to find out how to donate money or food, or check out this page if you want to know how to become a volunteer. Contact them if you have any other questions.
The Puyallup Food Bank in Puyallup has been serving food and help to struggling residents of Puyallup and surrounding areas since 1972. As an appointment-only distribution center, clients must register and make an appointment to receive up to three days’ worth of fresh and packaged food for each family.
There are lots of ways to help the Puyallup Food Bank. You can donate money, food items, non-food items, or even your time as a volunteer. You can find out how here. For all other questions, contact the food bank directly.