News and Events

My Sister's Pantry Day at Grocery Outlet

Martha Curwen and Lois Prices

Join Martha Curwen at the North Tacoma Grocery Outlet for an afternoon of fun and prizes on July 11 from noon until 3:00pm. See all the details here.

Summer Food Drives

The Pantry appreciates all help, but especially summer food drives.  The employees of Tacoma Public Utilities held a drive June 8 to 19.  Last year they collected two van loads of food. In July, North Tacoma Grocery Outlet will hold their Independence from Hunger drive.  They split their month long collection of food and cash donations with The Pantry and University Place Food Bank. Last year we received lots of food and $5000 in store credit.  The store credit along with Emergency Food Assistance Program funds allows us to purchase the food we need to keep the shelves stocked throughout the year.

A Big Check!

Epworth -LeSourd United Methodist Church presenting a big check to My Sister's Pantry

At the end of June 2015 Epworth-LeSourd United Methodist Church will close its doors after 126 years of service. As part of their legacy they have donated $16,000 to My Sister’s Pantry. The funds will be added to $6,000 from Simpson Tacoma Kraft donation and an individual donation of $3300 for the purchase of a new, larger van for the Pantry. We are grateful to all who have these and other donations to this food bank.

Thrivent Investments and Kohl's Partnerships

The Pantry has been accepted as charitable giving choice by Thrivent Financial Investments and Kohl’s Department stores.

Thrivent Financial is an investment program of the Lutheran Church. Thrivent Choice is a charitable grant program that allows eligible members to recommend where Thrivent Financial distributes part of its charitable outreach grant funds each year. Tell your Lutheran friends about this opportunity to help My Sister’s Pantry.

We have also have the opportunity to receive funding from Kohl’s. A current Saturday volunteer is employed by Kohl’s and has said that she will bring teams of 5 employees to work here. Each time a team works at the Pantry, Kohl's donates $500.

Recycling Helps Food Banks

  • FREE recycling service.
  • Uses only 1 parking space. Dimensions are 6' x 5'.
  • Raises much needed cash for Local Food Banks.
  • Collection bins for magazines, newspaper and mixed paper.
  • Community contributions of recyclable materials are turned into funds to help support the hungry.
Recycle bin helps food banks.

We all know that recycling is good for the environment, but did you know it can help those in need?

For 16 years and counting the "Food Bank Recycling Program" has raised over $250,000 for local Food Banks, and with your help that amount can continue to grow.

Fibres International Inc. places a community recycling bin for FREE. Materials collected are turned into cash, and proceeds from those materials are donated to the Food Bank of your choice. Quite simply this program is worry-free, we maintain the bins and determine the frequency the bin is serviced. All we need from you is one parking space! Working together we can help the local Food Banks in their goal of helping our community.

For more information on how you can help My Sister's Pantry by recycling, contact Kelly Turner, Recycling Rep at Fibres International at (425) 478-2003 or by email kturner @