The Food Connection, the largest food bank in Pierce County, will begin a pilot project to deliver emergency food to Lakewood’s Springbrook neighborhood beginning Saturday, April 22. The Food Connection’s mobile food bank will distribute food to families in need at four different locations in the neighborhood between 12-3 p.m. The mobile food bank will operate in the neighborhood every Saturday, helping to supply emergency food to an underserved neighborhood in Pierce County.
The Springbrook neighborhood is located at the entrance to McChord Air Force Base, on the East side of I-5 at the Bridgeport Way exit. Many neighborhood residents struggle with poverty and a lack of access to community resources. The 2000 Census reported that one-third of households in the neighborhood were below the federal poverty level and the median household income in the neighborhood was $21,688. Twenty-six percent of families in Springbrook earned less than $10,000 per year.
Food for the mobile food bank will be secured by the Food Connection and the Emergency Food Network, and will be distributed at the following four locations every Saturday beginning April 22: San Francisco between True Lane and Lincoln (12-12:45 p.m.); Corner of Boston and Lincoln (12:45-1:30 p.m.); Addison Street side of Springbrook Park (1:30-2:15 p.m.); and 123rd Street between Bridgeport and 49th (2:15-3 p.m.). Individuals and families seeking food from the food bank are asked to bring proof of residence (I.D., medical coupon, or piece of mail) and the ages of members of their household to the food bank locations.
For more information, contact the Food Connection at (253) 383-5048.