“I noticed an immediate difference when you started the mobile food bank. My students no longer came to school hungry on Monday mornings.”
"My family has been here for almost a year and I have been impressed with the work that Springbrook has been doing. My family has personally attended the Christmas and Thanksgiving event. It was a blessing to our family. We are new and going to the weekly mobile food bank allowed me to meet new people and learned more about Springbrook. Thanks so much!"
"In past hard times St. Leo's has kept me fed when I had nowhere else to turn. I am so thankful Tacoma has this resource, I hope I don't ever need to fall back on it again, but I will never forget the wonderful people, and the hope that St. Leo's gave me when I needed it most. THANK YOU from me and my family."
"Oh my goodness. There is so much good and the people are really nice. I appreciate all the help they have for my husband and I. We were out of food and actually had chicken potatoes green beans and a salad for supper. My goodness that felt amazing to sleep on a full tummy. Thank you St. Leo's Food Bank."
“I love how they help everyone. We've had food banks turn us away because of income before. Some months we need help to get by after paying rent and bills. They are always there when we need the help. We try not to but sometimes we fall short. For it my family is very grateful.”
“Some of our families are homeless and this extra food helps so much. One family in particular was living in someone’s garage last school year. The mother was working, but making very little, so the students really appreciated being able to depend on having this food over the weekend. One of our parents is barely scraping by, working two jobs as a single mother and this is one thing that helps.”
"A dad in the Head Start Program shared that he really enjoyed the recipes with all the ingredients and the he would make the meal with his son, teaching him to follow the instructions. We're very excited about that because it is such a great educational and social bonding experience for kids to cook with their parents!"
“My student was very thankful and appreciative. She works very hard in her academics even though her family is going through a hard time right now moving around and staying with other friends or where ever they can. She said that she will take any help she can get. She is one student who perseveres, but this is not always the case with all students going through hard times. Usually students have more difficulty focusing on other things such as school.”
“The neighborhood children have been back in school for a month now, but vivid memories of a swell summer linger. Having daily lunches was such a boon! Not only did lunches and snacks mitigate hunger, but the collaboration with Harvest Pierce County, and the attention the kids received from Phil and the neighborhood volunteers were all valuable contributions to the growth and self-esteem of the kids."
"I started working here and helping people. Everyone gave me encouragement and told me what a good and hard worker I am. When I was able to apply for a paid program, the food bank staff wanted to recommend me. I thanked them right then and there… This job has given me back ten years of confidence. It’s a friendly atmosphere and good place to work.”