Tukwila Pantry food bank seeks financial help

For years the Tukwila Pantry has been helping those in need with basic food supplies. Now the local food bank could greatly use some help itself.

Tukwila Pantry director Joe Tice chats with patrons during a weekly dinner last summer. The pantry

For years the Tukwila Pantry has been helping those in need with basic food supplies.

Now the local food bank could greatly use some help itself.

“The demand in the community has grown so much,” said Joe Tice, executive director of the food bank.

Between 2008 to 2009, the Tukwila Pantry saw a an eye-popping 120 percent increase in people needing its services.

This year, from 2009 to 2010, the food bank saw another 30 percent increase.

“You’re looking at 150 percent,” Tice said, noting that’s a lot to have to absorb.

The food bank’s service area takes in mainly Tukwila, SeaTac, Burien and Boulevard Park.

Regardless of how many the pantry serves, the cost for the utilities, its truck, and one full-time and a part-time employee continue to cost the same. That means every month, they are paying $12,000 to $13,000 just operate.

So if people are thinking about contributing to the pantry for the holiday season, the best thing they could do would be to help with expenses, Tice noted.

“It’s the financial support we need,” he said.

People can donate by visiting the pantry Web site at www.tukwilapantry.org, calling the pantry (206) 431-8293, or making checks payable to Tukwila Pantry and mailing them to: Tukwila Pantry, 3118 S. 140th St., Tukwila WA 98168; Attn: Finance.

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