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The Tukwila Pantry is a non-profit food bank established to serve the residents of the city of Tukwila, SeaTac and Burien in a humane and dignified way with their food and other referral needs. The Tukwila Pantry is committed to provide food for those in need and educate the community on issues surrounding hunger.
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.
Recognizing the local need, three organizations: Tukwila Rotary, The Riverton Park United Methodist Church and the Tukwila School District banded together with an $18,000 start-up grant from United Way to open the Tukwila Pantry in May, 2001.
The beginnings were small, and in our first year we distributed 28,101 pounds of food to 952 individuals and served 277 families. Thanks to growing awareness and growing partnerships, in 2017 we were able to distribute 1 million pounds of food to serve over 30,000 individuals in over 10,000 families from the communities of Tukwila, SeaTac, and Burien.
At the Tukwila Pantry we secure and distribute nutritious food to clients. The Tukwila Pantry picks up food Monday-Saturday from local companies like Safeway, Cash & Carry, Del Monte, Franz Bakery, LSG Sky Chef, Starbucks, and Target. Weekly, the Pantry truck picks up food from Northwest Harvest and Food Lifeline. Even with these generous donations, the Pantry has certain operating costs for the transportation of food, maintenance of equipment, utilities, and staff.
The patrons 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 22¢ a meal, your money will go far. Please help by sending a contribution to the Tukwila Pantry today.
Your donation of your volunteer time or your financial assistance is greatly appreciated. Please don’t delay — “In the land of plenty, plenty are hungry.” You can make a difference!