Eloise's Cooking Pot Food Bank
(where God is providing food for his people)
Eloise's Cooking Pot Food Bank provides quality food to the communities of East and South Tacoma, Washington. Ahndrea, our founder, was concerned about the children in these communities who were not eating on a regular basis due to their families experiencing economic hardship. Without government assistance, Ahndrea began delivering food to her tenants in this area.This is how the foundation for Eloise's Cooking Pot Food Bank began.
In 2010, Eloise's Cooking Pot fed over 33,400 people, providing over 836,000 pounds of food to the people of East Tacoma. In 2011, the demand increased to serving over 85,700, and providing over 1.3 million pounds of food to the community. In 2012, we served 86,600 clients, providing 790,000 pounds of food, where as in 2013, we served over 100,000 clients, providing 1 million pounds of food. As of December 2014, we have served over 94,000 clients and have provided over 973,000 pounds of food. In 2015, as of October, we have served over 80,000 clients and have provided over a million pounds of food. In conjunction with providing food from the four basic food groups, we provide ethnic food, household products, pet food, baby items as well as weekly home deliveries to provide for our senior and disabled citizens.
The food bank is named after Ahndrea’s grandmother Eloise. Eloise was a woman of humble means, but would generously share whatever food she had by providing a hot meal to anyone who was in need.
Eloise's Cooking Pot also provides professional cooked meals to the homeless. On every fifth Sunday, Eloise's Cooking Pot Food Bank, along with a local executive Chef and volunteers prepare a hot meal and serve over 100 clients, staff, and volunteers of the Matt Talbot Center located in Seattle, Washington.
The food bank also has a garden which produce fresh food and herbs. Our garden is located on Trafton and Railroad in Tacoma, Washington. This project was developed to provide a stable, internal source of fresh food for our clients. It is managed by volunteers. These volunteers prepare the land for cultivation, plant seeds, weed the fields, and harvest the food throughout the growing season. Once the food is harvested it is immediately available for our clients. The clients receiving this food are being provided with a source of fresh, organic produce, that is nutrient-rich and locally grown. To learn more about this collaborative project with Tahoma Urban Agriculture Guild, www.tahomaurbanagspot.com.
FOOD BANK HOURS:
Tuesday:11:30 pm-4:30 pm (Home deliveries to seniors 11 am-2pm)
Thursday: 9 am-5 pm (Bag Service Only)
Friday:11:30 pm-4:30 pm (Home deliveries to seniors 11am-2pm)
Saturday:10:30 am-3:30 pm (Home deliveries 11am-2pm)
Located at 3543 E. McKinley Avenue, Tacoma, Wa.
TO VOLUNTEER, PLEASE CALL THE FOOD BANK (253) 426-1994