About Us

Mission: We are a nurturing community, sharing a hot meal, groceries and sustenance with all who come. We offer an opportunity to serve and be served in a safe, friendly and compassionate setting and seek to foster a sense of self, connected in relationship to others.

My Sister's Pantry serves a hot meal as well as distributing groceries and clothing. The Pantry’s primary objective is to help improve the lives of families struggling financially. My Sister's Pantry, a 501 c 3 nonprofit, is an outreach program of First United Methodist Church of Tacoma. The Pantry is located at 621 Tacoma Ave, Tacoma 98402.

Since opening its doors to the community in 1999, My Sister's Pantry has become one of the busiest food banks in the Tacoma area. The Pantry serves an average of 350 families per month and annually distributes approximately 125,000 pounds of food. Open three times a month, the caring food bank also provides substantial hot meal, served on tablecloths with metal cutlery and china. Fall and winter months are colder, wetter, holiday laden and, for many, depressing. The Pantry becomes a haven for fellowship, warmth and caring. Evening and Saturday openings mean minimum-wage-earning families can come without disrupting their work schedules.

Gradually, the Pantry has added new dimensions to its service. In fall 2002, the Pantry opened a clothing bank. The clothing bank is set up in a store-like fashion with designated areas for men's, women's, and children's clothing. Clothing donations are received from individuals, consignment stores and a retirement community. Pantry clients not only "shop" for needed items but often donate clean items they can no longer use.

Martha Curwen

Executive Director Martha Curwen brings a wealth of experience working in both the financial and non-profit sectors.