July 27, 2016

Our History


We believe… that God, out of love for us, has created a world in which there is enough food for everyone, if only we are willing to share.

From modest beginnings, we have been serving food in the Hilltop Neighborhood for over 35 years. We love our community, and over the years, we have been providing nutritious, healthy food and fighting hunger in Tacoma. We were started by the St. Leo Jesuit Parish, a part of the Archdiocese of Seattle, in 1982. Seeing the need for a food bank, members of St. Leo Parish started the St. Leo Food Bank out of a small garage. We settled in our location on S. 14th and Yakima Ave. Now we have grown, supporting many programs: the Food Bank, Backpack Program, Break Bags, Summer Meals, and Springbrook Mobile Food Bank. In 2015, we served over 1.6 million meals, encompassing all of our programs.