“It’s horrible in the sense of what we have seen – a drastic and continual incline,” said Eloise’s Cooking Pot founder and executive director Ahndrea Blue. “It’s been crazy. For us, we thought that the numbers would be going backward but that hasn’t happened. We have a different demographic with food prices, rent, and all the other things putting pressure on people.”
Last month, Eloise’s Cooking Pot served 48,000 people and the numbers are growing each week. Prior to COVID, the food bank served 15,000 a month.
“The food crisis doesn’t look like it normally looks. It isn’t people who are down and out and it’s not the working poor – everybody is having food issues. We’re in the east Tacoma food desert so we are people’s primary food source,” Blue said.