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Making A Difference Foundation Receives Grant From Big Lots Foundation

Ahndrea Blue

Making A Difference Foundation (MADF) has been awarded a grant in the amount of $5,000 from The Big Lots Foundation for its Eloise’s Cooking Pot Food Bank. According to MADF, the funds will be used to purchase fresh and culturally relevant food items not normally donated to food banks and then be given to those in need. 

Making A Difference Foundation’s vision for the Eloise’s Cooking Pot Food Bank is to end hunger in Pierce and South King Counties by removing all barriers to accessing healthy and culturally relevant food and doing so with respect and divinity to all. All food provided is for free to individuals, families with children, the elderly, disabled, veterans, homeless, BIPOC, and those within immigrant communities. People experiencing hunger can receive approximately 75 lbs. of food per visit.  

Eloise’s Cooking Pot Food Bank continues to see a large number of people needing food and hunger-related services. As gas prices and cost of food and other necessities continue to skyrocket, more and more people are accessing food bank services. In 2021, the food bank helped 98,569 unduplicated people across 32,767 households.

“Charitable donations from funders like The Big Lots Foundation are making a real difference in our local community,” says Ahndrea Blue, MADF’s President/CEO. “Their $5,000 gift will allow us to provide 25,000 meals to Pierce County families, something we would struggle to do without their help.”  

The Eloise’s Cooking Pot Food Bank has been serving the Eastside Tacoma area since opening in 2009.  It is located at 3543 E. McKinley Ave, Tacoma with service 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information about the program, visit MADF’s website at www.themadf.org or call (253) 212-2778. 

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