The North East Tacoma Healthy Kids Coalition supports students and their families in NE Tacoma by consistently meeting basic needs to strengthen our community and set students up for success.
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Northeast Tacoma Healthy Kids Coalition Welcomes You
We are working hard to ensure continued access to weekend meal support for our local families.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
During the COVID-19 outbreak and school closures, we are partnering with local schools and other partners to ensure our NE Tacoma families have continued access to weekend meal support.
There are two ways you can support our efforts during this time:
1. Make a financial donation to the NE Tacoma Healthy Kids Coalition (donations are received through Browns Point PTA which is a 501(c)(3)). This is the quickest way for you to support our efforts. The Coalition can then use funds to purchase food supplies and other basic needs support to serve our families.
2. Ship food to the Coalition via our Amazon Wish List. Food will be shipped to a residential address so we can continue to receive donations during this time. However, please keep in mind that many of items we collect are out of stock. If you are unable to purchase food from our Amazon Wish List, consider making a financial donation.
Shop our Wish List here:
We are so grateful for our NE Tacoma community and the many ways you support our local students and famiiles. Thank you for your ongoing support!
Stay safe & wash your hands!
A Bit of Background
Northeast Tacoma Healthy Kids Coalition at a Glance
The NE Tacoma Healthy Kids Coalition is a partnership with staff and PTAs from Crescent Heights Elementary, NE Tacoma Elementary, Browns Point Elementary, and Meeker Middle School, along with additional community partners that is focused on providing healthy weekend meals to students in need in our community. The idea is simple: a two-day supply of easy-to-prepare food is sent home with eligible students every Friday in their backpacks to ensure they have healthy meals throughout the weekend. Students receiving assistance from the NE Tacoma Healthy Kids Coalition are identified by the principal and counseling team at each participating school. Confidentiality is an essential value of the program. The Coalition does not keep a wait list, and has expanded to serve every student identified by school staff as needing food assistance.
How You Can Help
Donate your time
March 20, 2020. Due to school closures and to protect the health and safety of our volunteers, all volunteer opportunities are suspended at this time. Volunteers are critical to our success! Volunteers are needed to help pack weekend meals, deliver food to local schools, organize and sort food donations, and more. Check back regularly for volunteer updates or sign up to receive our newsletter to stay informed of volunteer opportunities. We are currently serving 179 students per week and pack a total of 716 bags for a four week month and 895 bags for a 5 week month. This is a huge efffort and we love our volunteers who help us meet the needs of local students.
Make a financial contribution
March 20, 2020 Update: With schools closed, we are currently only accepting on-line donations at this time. To make a financial contribution, please visit: https://www.brownspointpta.com/shop
Don't have time to shop for food? Make a financial donation and we will use the funds to buy inventory needed to pack food each month. Checks can be made out to any of the local PTAs, dropped off at school, with a memo on the check designating the donation for the NE Tacoma Healthy Kids Coalition. Your donation is tax-deductible!
Donate Non-Perishable Food Items
In order to maintain equity in the food packs and ease of inventory and packaging, please only purchase items from the list below:
Kraft Mac & Cheese Easy Mac Cups
Chef Boyardee Ravioli Cups
Hamburger Helper Microwave Singles Cups
Cup O Noodles
Oatmeal Packets (Individual servings)
Fig bars (Individual Serving)
Crackers (Individual Servings)
Pringles (Individual Servings)
Rice Krispy Treats
Small Boxes of Cereal (Individual Serving size)
Tuna and crackers (individual Servings)
Cookies (Individual Servings)
At this time, we are also accepting full size food donations to support families in need including: pasta, pasta sauce, macaroni and cheese, tuna, peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned fruit, rice, beans, cereal, oatmeal, etc. We are also in need of full size pesonal hygiene items, including shampoo and conditioner for diverse hair types, soap, hand soap, toothpaste, body wash, etc.
Our Wish List has been updated and food donations can be sent to us directly via our Amazon Wish List:
Drop Bin Locations
March 20, 2020: Food donations at our drop bin locations are currently suspended.
Food donations can be dropped off at the following locations during regular business hours:
Browns Point United Methodist Church
Center at Norpoint
Northshore ACE Hardware
Saint Matthew's Church
Browns Point Elementary
Crescent Heights Elementary
Meeker Middle School
NE Tacoma Elementary
2019-2020 School Year
Thank you to the groups who donated money, packed and/or donated food, and supported our Holiday Help this school year:
Browns Point United Methodist Church
Browns Point Elementary Students, Staff & Families
Crescent Heights Elementary Students, Staff & Families
Daisy Troop 40187
Girl Scout Troop 44071
Heritage Home Partners at Keller Williams Puget Sound
John Bye & Associates, John L. Scott Real Estate
Kleeberger Family Foundation
Law Offices of Krupa and Clark
Lawyers Helping Hungry Children
Meeker Middle School Students, Staff & Families
NE Tacoma Elementary Students, Staff & Families
NE Tacoma Community Gathering
New Zealand Exchange Students & Staff
Resurrection Lutheran Church
WELCA (Women of the Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church)
Thank you to Browns Point Elementary and Tacoma School District for generously providing the NE Tacoma Healthy Kids Coalition with a designated space to store inventory and a location for volunteers to pack food each month.
A special thank you to all of the donors from our community who made online donations to support local families during the extended school closures!
Meeker Community Garden
The Coalition was a proud supporter of the Meeker Community Garden which came to life over the summer of 2019!
Thank you to all the garden volunteers and donors including the following groups:
Boy Scouts Troop 398
Cub Scouts Pack 308
Master Gardeners- Jim & Donna Cox, Marilyn Crawford, and Nancy Christiansen
Meeker Garden Club
Northshore Ace Hardware
Seattle Tacoma Box Company
And a huge thank you to Meeker teacher Christine Montequin who dreamed of the garden and made it a reality!
"Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world."
Contact Northeast Tacoma Healthy Kids Coalition
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