About

Joe Tice, Director


OUR COMMUNITY, OUR VISION

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The City of Tukwila, Washington is just south of Seattle in King County. The city is home to an extensive retail and business area including Westfield Shoppingtown Southcenter Mall. Boeing Field is located at the Northend of Tukwila. Because of the many businesses located in the city, 45,000 people come to work in Tukwila daily, but only 19,000 people actually live within the city limits.

South King county has a large percentage of families with children living in poverty. At Cascade View Elementary School, just two blocks from the Tukwila Pantry, over 80% of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch programs.

​At the Tukwila Pantry we secure and distribute nutritious food to clients. Volunteers from the Tukwila Pantry pick up food daily from Albertsons, Cash & Carry, Del Monte, Franz Bakery, LSG Sky Chef, Panera, Sam’s Club, Starbucks, and Target. Twice weekly the Pantry truck picks up food from Northwest Harvest and Food Lifeline. Gathering this food allows the Tukwila pantry to feed our clients for about 10¢ a meal. Even with these generous donations, the Pantry has certain operating costs. Transportation of food, utilities, and the salary of one and a half paid employees are the major expenses. Current food donations have been drastically reduced from previous years due to the recession.  The food reduction is due to our suppliers managing their ordering process more closely in order to eliminate excess product. The current economy has also caused a considerable reduction in financial donations as well.

The Tukwila Pantry is an ‘emergency’ food bank. Clients come to the Tukwila Pantry when they can’t make ends meet. Sometimes they have applied for food stamps but haven’t received them yet, or sometimes an unexpected expense such as a medical bill or higher than normal utilities have interrupted their budget. Sadly, with today's economy and job loss our neighbors rely on the food bank more than ever. The Tukwila Pantry serves other communities as well. There were approximately 14,700 household visits from Seatac, Burien, Tukwila and the surrounding areas in 2013.

​The clients of the Tukwila Pantry are your neighbors. You may live in a different suburb, or community, but you visit Tukwila and Seatac when you fly to Seattle, or visit Southcenter Mall and the surrounding businesses. You have an opportunity to provide food to children in these cities who are hungry by making a financial contribution to the Tukwila Pantry. At 10¢ a meal your money will go far. Please help by sending a contribution to the Tukwila Pantry today.

​Please don’t delay — “In the land of plenty, plenty are hungry.” You can make a difference.


Days And Hours Of Operation

Tuesday   
12:30 to 2:30 PM

Thursday   
12:30 to 2:30 PM

Saturday   
12:30 to 2:30 PM
​(no new client registration on Saturdays)


Please click on the "Services" tab for more detailed information on our services

Tukwila Pantry
3118 S. 140th Street
Tukwila, WA  98168

​Phone
(206) 431-8293

​E-mail: 
Info@tukwilapantry.org