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Announcing Get-a-Truck

Today, we are excited to announce a fundraising campaign in partnership with Tukwila Children’s Foundation (TCF) to get the Pantry a new delivery truck: Get-a-Truck. Go on over to TCF’s website to learn more and donate.

The Pantry’s current truck has over 575,000 registered miles, is in need of major repair, and has spent out the last days of its life serving the communities of Tukwila, SeaTac, Burien and Boulevard Park. The Pantry urgently needs a replacement – and we need matching donations to actually purchase a new truck! We are now serving well over 1000 households a week, and we can’t run the risk of having our truck fall out of commission as this crisis drags on. That’s why some donors and grantmakers have stood up to help us buy a truck – but we need the matching funds to actually buy a new truck!

Our current truck, broken down

We are excited to be partnering with TCF on this major project. Our goal is to raise $15,000, and we believe that together, as a community, we can do this and set the Pantry up to serve the residents of Tukwila, SeaTac, Burien, and Boulevard Park for years to come!

New Normal

Tukwila Pantry has definitively entered a new state of normal during this COVID-19 crisis. On Saturday, April 18, the Pantry served over 450 households. A few weeks ago, the Pantry served less than 100 on an average day. The depth of this public health and economic crisis has only begun to be seen, and the effects will continue to be felt my many people in this community for months to come.

In the midst of this enormous crisis, it has been heartening for us at the Pantry to see the outpouring of support for our efforts and mission. Many people have come to volunteer, have dropped off needed supplies, organized efforts to donate food, and shared our message with their neighbors and friends. We hope that you can join this outpouring of support by coming to volunteer, following us on Facebook, becoming one of our first Instagram followers, or considering making a monetary contribution.

Thank you to everyone who has been a supporter or become a supporter during this critical period!

All Hands on Deck

After a record breaking day of service on Thursday, today the Pantry shattered all records – over 250 households came for emergency food bags and pre-packaged produce. This is the beginning of a huge upsurge of need in our community. Many of our neighbors will be economically dislocated, unemployed, or otherwise impacted by the ongoing public health crisis and its aftershocks. We need all hands on deck to serve our community and fulfill the need we are seeing.

Find out today how to volunteer! Or, in lieu of volunteering, consider sending Tukwila Pantry a donation. Like us on Facebook to make sure you’re up to date on all the Pantry’s activities and needs.

Are you a business that would like to donate food? Contact us today – we can even come and pick it up!

Thank you for your support!

Record-Breaking Day

All the bags ready for service

Yesterday, March 24th, Tukwila Pantry had a record-breaking day of service. Over 100 households came to the Pantry and received their meals!

In response to this tremendous need during the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, the Pantry is continuing its operations! But it can’t do that without your support. In order to further protect clients and volunteers, the Pantry is shifting operations to only hand out lunch and emergency boxes on Tuesdays and distribute bagged goods on Thursdays and Saturdays. This will ensure that we can further enforce the social distancing measures that are required by the current crisis.

The need due to this crisis is already enormous, but that need will only grow in the upcoming months. As our neighbors suffer from economic dislocation and unemployment, the Pantry will become an ever more important resource for our community. We are staying open and operational to meet that need, but we will be dependent on your support to meet the growing demand.

The tent that Tukwila Parks and Rec lent for us to use

How can you support the Pantry at this critical time? We need volunteers on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday mornings to ensure that food is ready for distribution on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. You can also volunteer on a distribution days. Follow us on Facebook for updates and visit our volunteer page to sign up.

I can’t volunteer. What can I do? You can still support the Pantry! Some of us can’t volunteer due to our own personal or family circumstances, but we can still help! If that’s the case for you, consider visiting our donation page to ensure the Pantry can continue operating during this critical time for our community!

My business has food that it would like to donate. How can we do that? Visit our contact page to tell us about your donation. If you can’t bring it to us, we can come get it!

Thank you for your support!