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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Relief

Mission: To make a difference in lives of others one person at a time by helping them acquire the most basic of human need as food, housing, encouragement and opportunity

Programs: Eloise cooking pot food bank provides food, basic household goods,pet

joy box program provides a mailed box of encouraging gifts, letters

other programs including housing, scholarships, mission and other

Community Stories

85 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

On the outside, it looks like they are doing great work, and perhaps, they are. However, the staff (leadership) is not very kind and patient when asked questions. They have no patience for people to inquire about their programs and their process.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is impacting many individual lives! The CEO of this organization is an encouraging leader and passionate about her community. I have never worked in a more encouraging and meaningful position before coming here.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Founder Ahndrea Blue is the greatest example of unconditional. She formed this organization with no gain for herself. Everything she does is with the attitude of "Do unto others as you would have them do to you." I've volunteered at one of the feedings and the quality of food was that of a fine dining experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Making a difference foundation is truly a place where people’s lives are changed on a regular basis. Each program and entity is taken into consideration with care and open arms. The homes for veterans program is truly a life changer for any veteran that wants the assistance with getting their life back on track. Without the veteran assuming the home for veterans program is just a free for all program and realize that it takes work, perseverance and ways to make your income that you have help you for improvement. If the veteran works the program and uses the counseling, the self help classes and save money by having the fair market rent that is cheaper than the current rent values for the year to two years that they are in the program. They actually come out on top, with either buying a home or moving into a place that they would love to call home. Because of their credit improving their situations improved and their lives changed and become better. I have knowledge of the homes for veteran’s applicants being put in homes and taken off the streets. Regardless if they had evictions or not, this is the best program I have seen yet to help veterans get back on their feet. The veterans that mean business about wanting a better and changed life actually get what they came into the program for. I believe in this program, I believe in this company because I know firsthand this program works. Then they have a food bank that serves 10,000 people a month no matter where you come from, whenever the food bank is open anyone can go and get good unexpired healthy food, fresh vegetables grown from their own private garden, organic food and vegetables, household products, diapers, shoes, gloves, dog food, cat food, shampoo, soap, hygiene and female products. Whatever a family or individual requests and they have it, it is yours. They also deliver food to disabled, sick, shut in, veterans and to homeless individuals. When speaking about the owner of this business, just because you don't know her personally. Doesn't mean you can't get to know her; she is truly an out spoken individual with a heart for the people that reaches out far beyond our reach. Her heart of gold that she posse are not always relevant and seen by all. But I commend her for all the blood, sweat and tears that she puts into this company. She has an uncanny personality that not many agree with, straight and to the point but she means well for all people, no matter of race or religion. All that you read on the website is real up to date and is practiced on a day to day, case by case basis.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became connected with The MADF as an organic gardener interested in donating my surplus to serve Food Justice in a local Urban Food Desert. Over the years I have been associated with the organization I have become impressed with the organization's ability to see the larger picture and deliver solutions addressing Food Injustice. What makes the foundation exceptional is that the importance of each individual, whether client, volunteer or staff, remains at the heart of everything they do. The MADF vision which looks beyond present conditions for solutions is grounded in making a difference in each and every life it touches.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Making A Difference Foundation is an amazing organization with several programs that help those in need. From the Veterans program to the missionary projects, MADF really makes it a mission to make a difference in the lives of others. This foundation does work strictly from the heart and soul with such an awe inspiring drive to continuously change people's lives.

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Beyonce P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The making a difference foundation is an incredible organization with so many hardworking and big hearted individuals. The many programs, to include homes for veterans and the Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank, make incredible and awe-inspiring improvements in the lives of so many people every single day!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has been a tremendous help for myself and family. They have not only helped us to get into a home but have been the most helpful and courteous group I have had the pleasure to experience. The Tocoma MADF has truly helped our family get to a better position and out of a situation we felt stuck in. They are a wonderful organization and I and my family thank them and are so very grateful for what they do to help out Veterans.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you for all the fantastic services you have helped my family with. We are forever greatful. Joline

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Cynthia103

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been coming to the food bank for over a yr now, I volunteer 4 days a week, the quality of food and the cleanliness of the food area is above and beyond. the volunteers with whom I work with day In and day out are very loving and caring people we have a fun and great working atmosphere. we all pull together and make sure we can help and care for as many people as possible a day. I vocalize about the food bank to whom ever will listen. I believe in this program and will continue to support and spread the work as far and as wide that I can.

Cynthia Hallock

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Valeria B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I 'm a Grand Mother of 7 Children on numbers of time we was out of food an it was Eloise that stepped up to help me save my household with food .Thank you so very much Val

Client Served

Rating: 5

I like it here good people and great food. I like coming here twice a week.

Client Served

Rating: 5

friendly people, entertaining, kind and compassionate. I appreciate the food and the friends I find here. I am a happy client.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I realkly emjoy coming here to receive help, I feel compterful, and they are helpful and kind.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

my food bank experience was awesome everyone is so nice and caring about other in this place always trying to help everyone and that's the goal of this place help many people

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Kylie D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank and loved it!

Joey B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I decided to work here over my spring break and my experience was fantastic. The people here are very welcoming and friendly. It was an awesome experience and I recommend volunteering here to anybody who is thinking about it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank gives me an opportunity to connect with community projects, help people with needs, and give back to community. It also gives me a great sense of appreciation of thing that I have.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at Eloise cooking pot gives me a chance to network with parents and others in my community. And also to learn about other programs, volunteer opportunities, and community projects.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My very first effort volunteering and my word the tremendous feeling inside of assisting others is HUGE!!! I am going to make this on ongoing effort for the rest of my days and it wasn't that long ago that I required some food assistance. The amount of people that this little tiny facility assists is incredible and I see that they are trying to make do with what they have. there is no complaining no criticizing just great people working in Harmony to assist others. Become a VOLUNTEER ...PLEASE

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Eloise Cooking Pot and it's staff do a great job of providing for hungry families.

Miley W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Eloise Food Bank has always shown compassion towards the individuals that the have served that walk through the doors to obtain assistance. The same goes with myself and the other volunteers. I find that always walking into this facility to help volunteer always gives a positive feeling.

Out of all of the places that I have come to volunteer at, this is one of the better places that shows there support in treating their volunteers the respect that they deserve.

Kelly163

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at this food bank for almost 3 years doing pick ups of donations and deliveries to our clients that cannot make it to the food bank. I love meeting new people and have a bond with our clients after working with them over time. The management is refreshing and we will be a partner in giving back with them for a long time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Making a wish foundation has made a huge difference in my life. A single mother of one child, Making a Wish Foundation has allowed me to look at the world in various lenses. I have been able to serve my community while gaining interpersonal skills, learning to love, and appreciate the little things in life. Many of the things we take for granted or think little about thereof. I have been a volunteer since 2010. Since, this time I have witnessed the impact Making a Wish Foundation has had on the community, changing peoples lives, and perspectives, while giving hope!

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Alliey B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

haven't done much yet. it seems like a nice place. I can tell there is lots of things to do. everyone is busy

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Mykel R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great experience in helping the community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

serving the community is a rewarding job.ive always liked helping others less fortunate

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

few and far between rest the appropriate restorative facilities. ever since the days of 34th and mckinkey I have been a devout and faithfully patren. Kurtis a Gill. great place. ps crazy says hi.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy coming to Eloise Cooking Pot and being able to help serve the community. It was a very humbling experience to know where this ministry started from to where it is today. God bless this organization an all the volunteers who help make a difference.

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AL__8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was great to be apart of an organization that allows you to help out individuals who are less fortunate. I enjoyed giving back to the community and being able to work with others who share the same vision.

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Amanda175

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering and by doing that at the food bank you have an opportunity to meet many people and get insight on their life. The people here are nice , kind hearted and helpful. Everyone that volunteers here are doing it not for themselves but to help those whom are in need. We greet them with a smile and just that makes their day.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

"We are very proud to have served 150 people in in our Homes For Veteran program. We know that we have improved the lives of these veterans. Many of them report their financial situations are improving and they are learning a lot about budgeting and paying their bills on time. We recognize the program does not work for a small percentage of participants and we will continue to review the program's objectives and outcomes and make appropriate adjustments.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

We had the unfortunate experience of dealing with this foundation and it's supposed program "Homes for Vets" The person who runs this program ripped us off for almost $4,000 and we had to endure months of harassment and bogus lawsuits. She is also being investigated by the Washington State attorney general and the WSBA. Veterans who have come forward after being ripped off were featured on King 5 news Investigations. You can go to the King 5 news website and search "Homes for vets charity under scrutiny" and "Homeless vets say program promising help was a nightmare" if you would like to see some of the common stories and how this foundation operates. Those who have dealt with her know what a nightmare she truly is. We could go on and on about her bullying tactics and downright frauding us, but the bottom line, run, don't walk away from this woman and her foundation. Also, BTW, the reviews trying to paint her food bank in a good light, are all fake and were all posted on the same day. Shame on MADF for ripping off homeless veterans-those who fought for this country.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

Please do not be fooled by all of these reviews, if you notice they were all made on the same day and they are probably not real. I was a client of the homes for veterans program and it was nothing but a nightmare from the time I moved in.

This orginazation is a scam, they take all of your money Bully you out of your home. You are promised home ownership, yet not one Vet has purchased a home. Please do yourself a favor and stay away from Ablue and MADF.

You will regret it if you dont.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This charity and its founder are being investigated by numerous big dog agencies for "Scamming," military veterans based on many, many complaints lodged by veterans and their families that have been severely harmed by this charity and its founder and its housing program.

For more info Google- KING5NEWS of Seattle WA that aired 2 video segments against this agency and its founder "Homes for vets charity under scrutiny" and "Homeless vets say program promising help was a nightmare"

The agencies investigating this charity are the "Washington State Attorney General, the VA, and the Washington State Bar."

It is amazing how this deceptive lady and her scam charity can keep seeping through and operating in the community and in other states like a snake in web sites such as this.

As a veteran that desperately needed to find and get stable housing I met and encountered this con artist on "Craigslist." She raped and pillaged my bank account for a inhabitable house that I received in the end. I was not looking for any kind of hand out because I paid from my bank account dearly to encounter this crafty woman and ended up in worse condition than before I met her.

She obtains every drop of your personal information and never came through with any of many fabulous promises in helping a vet "Self restore," to home ownership. Once she has your money and personal info "In an instant," a veteran and their family becomes like trash to her.

When a vet gets to a point that they cannot tolerate the inhabitable conditions of the housings and the insane behaviors of the founder and vacates, it does not end there for the veteran (s) as the founder who is an attorney then gets on a mission to pursue and stalk veterans in the court system with wrongful evictions and monetary judgments thus keeping veterans and their families homeless longer in the streets.

The veterans once in "Her Program," are further used more like a revolving door to repair her ill kept housing provided to her cheaply by the Veterans Administration. The VA is investigating her and has since suspended her ability to obtain more cheap 'VA foreclosure homes."

Further more this charity and its founder never, never mention "VA home loan certificates," that all veterans are given for their service to this country. Instead the founder brings in more shady, deceptive and lying characters in "Non VA," mortgage dealings and so far not one single veteran has obtained home ownership in any form as promised through this so called charity.

The VA home loan certificates add more protective measures to veterans (Not lenders,) in the home buying process which this lady and her charity avoid like its a plagued!

This charity and its founder sets the presidence for evil in its highest form.



Client Served

Rating: 5

Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank has hassel free sign up process. Makes sure that all my needs are being met for me and family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to let people no that this one of the best food banks around that gives you enough food for everyone to eat and how helpful they are helping this community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This food bank has really helped my family in the time of need, the people here are very happy and helpful ... witch makes this places awesome. Thanks You

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank has been a major influence for my family when in need. The volunteers are friendly and helpful when visiting the food bank. We appreciate having this services.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I have been coming to Eloise Cooking pot food bank for over an year. It has help me and my family when we were getting low on food especially towards the end of the month. I highly recommend this food bank, the volunteers here are genuinely nice with a peaceful atmosphere. They care about the food they serve very clean and I appreciate that.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank has been a blessing to me and my family and animals. I share with my friends and neighbors the quality food that I get from the food bank. My animals enjoy the toys and food that they also receive.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been helped at this food bank I had nothing in my cupboard and I am able to come twice a week at convenient times. the staff is super helpful in answering and getting my food to me. its like a shopping experience it is totally awesome. the volunteers explained the process to me and were well to explain that Every Dollar that is took out is replaced Right back in the food bank. The people are very nice helpful and they even let you choose between the items that you can take. and did I forget to men chin that you can come twice a week. how nice is that all the others are once a week and already boxed for you and you don't get a choice. I HIGHLY RECCEMEND THIS WELL ESTABLISHED FOOD BANK TO ANYONE.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I needed produce....and go so much more...The people here genuinely care for you as a person, not just a client or number. God is using Eloise to touch lives and provide more than just food but also spiritually. You feel worthy when you come here and that comes from the attitudes of the people at Eloise's. Thank you so much. May God bless you all!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This food bank has impacted my family by simply coming together and providing for out community being a part of a non profit organization helping those that are homeless or in need of food and other items. So that those without don't go without. Helping so that those suffering in the worlds economy are at least not starving. I greatly appreciate and recommend this food bank.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank gives my family plenty of food in between visits to feed our family. Volunteers are polite and helpful. Also helps with baby needs and baby food and formula.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank has good food and a variety of items. The volunteers are nice and kind and help walk me through the process of getting food.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Eloise Cooking Pot Food bank has good quality food. Helps the less fortunate and never turns their back to anyone. As a volunteer it gives me a chance to help others in need.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

New to Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank. The food bank has provided quality food and other needs. Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank even feeds our animal family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank is a blessing and provides good healthy food to those in need. It has a blessing to my family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer/intern here at Eloise's Cooking Pot and Food Bank. This is my first experience doing service work for those suffering from financial difficulties that come into the food bank. What a privilege to serve others under the guidance of food bank manager. The agency is well organized and volunteers help to keep the doors open three days a week. I have found the work place to be a place where respect is practiced. Love and tolerance is displayed throughout the work day. It's an honor to serve and help Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank in all matters that make a difference.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

"We are very proud to have served 150 people in in our Homes For Veteran program. We know that we have improved the lives of these veterans. Many of them report their financial situations are improving and they are learning a lot about budgeting and paying their bills on time. We recognize the program does not work for a small percentage of participants and we will continue to review the program's objectives and outcomes and make appropriate adjustments."

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Donor

Rating: 5

Making A Difference Foundation is a great organization. It has made a great impact on the lives of he people in which it serves. They have a great program that sends out joy boxes to people to encourage them. There is no charge for the box. This organization feeds thousand of people each month and also house homeless veteran.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Making a Difference Foundation is a mismanaged and tyrannical non profit that finds housing for Veterans that are homeless. When you get accepted in the program be prepared to be disrespected again like your in boot camp. You will be considered faceless and with no character. Often your past decision will be brought to your attention and you will be screamed at for not understanding the head matriarch's ideals and reasoning. I learned by working with this foundation that the word "VETERAN" can be used as a derogatory adjective. Which is not good. The people who "help" you are unprofessional and threatening.They are assigned to you with no credentialing available. Also, the turnover of the helpers are often. Be prepared to give your most intimate details such as social security numbers, finances, lifestyle choices to someone who may have a managed an animal shelter. Most of the helpers are undereducated and lack any specialized training in rehabilitation, social services or community outreach and especially customer service . Imagine giving your most private and important information to the greeter at Walmart. Do your due diligence and research them. The KIRO News story is inflated but there many truths and those tears are not one of them.

This is a shotgun wedding style non profit that I don't recommend. They are take advantage of Veterans that are disenfranchised and without hope by promising them permanent housing while dehumanizing them with personal insults, non truths and litigation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to share my experience with the Making a Difference Foundation; Homes for Veterans program.
My Family and I were experiencing a period of unstable housing. We did not know what we were going to do, or where we were going to be living. We came across an ad for “Homes for Veterans” during our very desperate efforts to keep our home or find some suitable place to sleep at night. The program accepted us, moved us into a home, and began directing us to organizations to help our situation.
We entered the program unsure of what to expect, and quickly realized that this was going to be a lot of work to do the things we committed to. This program is not a hand out, we were required to make serious changes to how we lived and budget our lifestyle, and the bottom line is accountability. We were helped by the Making a Difference Foundation every step of the way, with advice, planning, budgeting and with basic household needs.
At the end of the program, my family is now in a position to buy our own home, and with the skills we have developed and practiced, we can look forward to keeping it.
This program is not for everyone, it takes a real commitment to change for the better.
I will forever be grateful to the people with the Making a Difference Foundation/ Homes for Veterans for helping my Family change our lives.

Homes for Veterans participant
Matthew M.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Being a volunteer is an awesome experience for me. Helping people is self rewarding and full filling for me. Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank gives quality and large amounts of food supply with a variety of selection. I would say that Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank is one to the best food banks know to me. Prior to volunteering I was a client served and this food bank brought many quality meals for me and my family with hassle free sign up.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer at Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank it has been great experience. The volunteers at the food bank care about the community and clients with genuine compassion. Being able to help and giving back to the community is a wonderful feeling knowing that I have helped many. Being a volunteer, not being paid boosts my inner spirit. Volunteering for Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank makes it enjoyable and stress free because of the organized system of the way the food bank operates. I hope to be able to volunteer here for many years to come. This experience encourages me to hope one day to open a valuable food bank of my own. I am very great full to have been giving the opportunity to work around caring and loving individuals that enjoy giving back to the community without expecting anything in return.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Eloise's Cooking Pot Food Bank and my experience has been absolutely amazing! This food bank is incredibly generous to the community and the volunteers. You know that the service that is being provided is appreciated by the community when the very individuals who are in need want to assist the food bank with preparation in the morning before the food bank opens. This food bank offers both nonperishable and perishable (meat, vegetables, etc.), toys for children and pets, pet food, and items for infants and toddlers. This has truly been a unforgettable and rewarding experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank:
Thank goodness for these types of organizations in our communities because without them so many people would go with out on a daily basis. Please keep this organization in your thoughts.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Eloise's food kitchen is a wonderful place and an asset the community. The service is impeccable and without it many would go hungry in the community. They offer great food with a friendly and clean environment. As of a month ago I had know idea such places even existed and just knowing that a place like Eloise's food bank is here is absolutely wonderful.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank is a friendly environment. The volunteers are kind to the clients and everyone leaves with quality food.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

The food bank has a healthy selcetion to choose from. Fresh fruits and vegtables are always offered. I have been a volunteer at many other places. Nontheless, my experience here at Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank has been a stressfree and enjoyable experience. Food bank operates in a smoothly on both volunteer and client aspects.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is an asseccable service that allows people who are in need to come get a assistance for themselves and families. As a volunteer I enjoy coming to help serve the community and know that I touched someones live.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Eloise Cooking Pot food bank meets the need of many Tacoma residents by providing a variety of food each week, Eloise Cooking Pot is a valueable asset to the community.

Julia47

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Eloise Cooking Pot is a valuable asset for East Tacoma. It provides a variety of foods, including Pet Food. They also provide household products. They are also open 3 days a week which provide clients the opportunity to be served two times a week. The Food bank is kept clean. As a volunteer I'm constantly taken back while serving to hear people mostly first timers say how clean the Food Bank is and choices that they and the amount of food they can get. There is nothing more rewarding. The Food Bank even delivers to some Senior Housing Complexes. It 's a God send.

I also volunteer with the Joy Box Ministry. It is a wonderful feeling making the Joy Boxes for people needing encouragement & hope when they are in distress for whatever situation ( s) they have come to find themselves in. The Joy Boxes are uplifting in terms of showing God's love, reminding there is hope, don't give up . At the lost of a loved one passing, brings comfort; in sickness, well wishes. Many people have written back to say "Thank You" I give the highest grade to Making A Difference because the Foundation is earnestly working in the spirit of excellence
to make a positive difference in the lives of people.

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