Thursday, June 29, 2017 This Week's Paper

Providing meals for Thanksgiving

People around the Tacoma area will have wonderful Thanksgiving meals thanks to the generosity of local organizations. Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank on McKinley Avenue gave out boxes on Nov. 16 at its McKinley Avenue facility. Dani Campbell, food coordinator for the organization, said many who showed up are ongoing clients of the food bank. Some live on the East Side, while others live elsewhere in the Tacoma area. “They come from everywhere,” Campbell said.
Vouchers for the baskets were distributed two weeks earlier. Other people showed up without the vouchers, but Campbell said they were provided with other food items. “The secret about Eloise Cooking Pot is that no one goes away hungry,” she remarked.
The Thanksgiving boxes contained a turkey, stuffing, cranberries, potatoes and a dessert. They also had items for meals on other days, such as pasta, rice and apples. “Those who are hungry need a meal on more than just Thanksgiving,” Campbell said.
Anhdrea Blue is president and CEO of Making a Difference Foundation, which provides funding for the food bank. She said the turkeys were purchased from Tacoma City Grocer. “They came through on a great price,” she remarked.
Boxes for elderly clients were distributed on Nov. 17. About 100 were taken to an apartment complex on the East Side, and another 150 were delivered around the area. About 400 families showed up on Nov. 16. When the food bank ran out of turkeys, Blue said the remaining families received two chickens each.
Blue noted the demand for holiday meals is growing. “I wish we could have done more. I am always amazed at how many people do not have the basics for an awesome Thanksgiving,” she said. “It is always an honor to help the community.”
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Wild West Post 91 provided Thanksgiving food boxes to military families. Post Commander Elmer Clark said they were contacted by a group that asked for their assistance.
Boxes were assembled at the post on Union Avenue. They contained five pounds of potatoes, olives, cranberries, onions, canned corn, gravy mix, stuffing donated by Top Foods, Mrs. Smith pumpkin pies donated by Grocery Outlet in Lakewood, bottles of sparkling cider and dinner rolls. Each had a turkey donated by Association of the United States Army.
The boxes were donated by Home Depot. “They support us quite well,” Clark commented.
Clark said the boxes were for young, active-duty Army and Air Force personnel and their families, as well as those serving in the National Guard. Recipients came in to pick them up on Nov. 19, 20 and 21.
There were also other food items of canned and boxed goods distributed.
Clark said about 12 members of the post spent an afternoon assembling the boxes. He said they were happy to help out during this special time of year. “The VFW is here to support the troops and their families,” he said.