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Volunteer News

Tacoma Public Utilities Employees are volunteering monthly at My Sister's Pantry. They bag groceries, work in the clothing bank and the produce and pastry areas. They assist in the kitchen with meal service. TPU holds a food drive for the Pantry and individual volunteers often bring items they have noticed we are needing. Teams within the company challenge each other to bring the most of a specific item such as chili, toilet tissue or diapers. To see TPU's volunteers in action look at these photos.

Independence From Hunger Food Drive

Martha and Lois

North Tacoma Grocery Outlet will once again hold a month long food drive to benefit My Sister's Pantry and University Place Food Bank. Themed around the Fourth of July, each food bank receives about 1,000 pounds of food. Throughout the year purchases are made at North Tacoma Grocery Outlet to make sure we are well stocked for our clients. Owners Ken and Lyn Lowe and their staff are generous not only to us but to other organizations in the community. It's a great place to shop.

Stadium Thriftway

Every day, our van makes a trip to Stadium Thriftway to pick up day old pastries and other items nearing their pull dates. Stadium Thriftway owner, Mike Hargreaves, has been a supporter of food bank programs and of My Sister's Pantry. His staff is friendly and helpful. Pantry clients love getting interesting breads and sweets supplied by this store.

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 @