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
New This School Year!
Now collecting donations for hygiene products!
The NET Healthy Kids Coalition begins collecting hygiene items
Based on needs identified by local school staff, the Coalition will be collecting and distibuting personal hygiene items to our local schools. We are accepting the following donations at our drop off locations: combs and hairbrushes, deoderant (full size requested), lice kits, pads & maxi pads, soap, shampoo and conditioner (please consider donations for diverse hair types to meet the needs of all of our students), toothbrushes and toothpaste. Thanks for your support!
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
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 169 students per week and pack a total of 676 bags for a four week month and 845 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
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!
Drop food off at any participating school in the bin in the lobby!
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)
Or send food donations to us directly via our Amazon Wish List:
Drop Bin Locations
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
Daisy Troop 40187
Heritage Home Partners at Keller Williams Puget Sound
Law Offices of Krupa and Clark
Lawyers Helping Hungry Children
Meeker Middle School Students & Staff
NE Tacoma Elementary Students & Staff
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.
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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