I am a single mother of 5 young children. I live in Tacoma’s food desert, also known as the Eastside. I was unemployed with no transportation and all of my children are elementary school aged. There are no grocery stores close in the area and without transportation it makes it hard to get to a grocery store with 5 young children on the bus!
When someone told me about Eloise Cooking Pot food bank I thought it was like what any other food bank would be like. Usually food banks give you the not so great items and sometimes expired goods. One day we were pretty much out of food and I remembered what I’d heard about Eloise Cooking Pot. I packed the kids up and we walked to the food bank.
At Eloise Cooking Pot food bank I was treated with such kindness and respect. ECP provided my family with healthy nutritious foods, snacks for the kids and household items that I really, really needed. I was surprised at the quality of the food provided there. I was also surprised by how the people at ECP really care about the community and helping us get what we need.
They make us feel so loved and welcomed. Always a smile, a kind word and even prayer. I was able to go to the food bank 1-2 times per week to make sure my family and I had what we needed until I was able to get on my feet.
I now have a full time job and transportation of my own. I still live in Eastside, Tacoma. Although I am doing much better for myself and my family, I realize how important it is having Eloise Cooking Pot food bank in our neighborhood. Now I am a volunteer at ECP food bank so that I can show my appreciation and most importantly give back and help my community.