Literacy Program

We provide healthy snacks to children that come to the food bank. Eloise’s Cooking Pot Food Bank served clients at the food bank’s drop in center, nearly 50% are children or youths, ages 0-18, of whom, 86-91% receive lunch free or at reduced rates according to the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

When children and youth come to ECP, we want them to consider it the best grocery store they have ever been to. Not only will the family receive nutritious culturally sensitive food during a difficult time, but the children and youth select 3-6 new books each quarter. These books are their own to keep. Because we have many English language learners, we would like to ensure that we have books in a different language that help the parent and child read in their native language as well as English, building literacy in both.

After-School Snack Program

We provide healthy snacks to children through an after-school program throughout Pierce County. For many children in the area, this is their only option to have a healthy meal after school. Learning doesn’t stop at the end of the school day. By providing snacks after school, children are able to focus on after school homework and activities rather on where their next meal will come from.

Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank partners with after-school programs and provides healthy snacks to students in the Pierce County. By feeding children’s bodies, it also fuels their minds and helps children to learn better and retain more information.

How can you make a difference in a child’s life?

Donate $3 for a child’s healthy snack after school

Volunteer to deliver snacks to schools in Pierce County

Volunteer to hand out snacks to children after-school

Donate new books for different ages for a child to take home

Donate your time and help tutor a child after school