Thanksgiving Basket from Eloise’s Cooking Pot Food Bank

Holidays are about family and traditions, and often those traditions involve food. However, for many Tacoma students and their families, food insecurity is a major issue. According to the City of Tacoma, 1 in 4 children in Tacoma are living in poverty. For these families, holidays can be especially tough as they temporarily lose access to resources such as free school lunch. To help combat hunger over the holiday break, Communities In Schools of Tacoma partnered with multiple organizations for a holiday food drive and Thanksgiving meals, including:

Thank you to all of our supporters who made this holiday drive possible, and special thanks to Fred Meyer for collaborating with us on a three-week food drive to collect supplemental pantry items. Customers donated 57 pre-packed bags plus other pantry items totaling over $1,000 of additional food! Thanks to these efforts, dozens of families with small children will have enough food to get them through Thanksgiving break.

However, the work is not over. With the longer Winter Break coming up, students will need continued support throughout the holiday season. The Fred Meyer in University Place will be partnering with us again for another drive in December to support families in need throughout winter break.