Pantry + Food Support

Community Pantry
NE seattle PTA partnership

One way the TC PTA supports our community is by providing school supplies and other basic necessities to local families through a school pantry. This year, the TC PTA Pantry moved off our campus, and is growing into a NE Seattle PTA partnership to allow for broader access to more families. While TC PTA coordinates the pantry, it is open to all Seattle Public School families. Volunteers from our neighboring schools can help staff the pantry and donate items from our amazon and Target wish lists.

Community Pantry: TC PTA + Eckstein PTSA partnership

Aerial map of Eckstein Middle School, Image sourced from Google Maps
Photograph of Community Pantry at Eckstein Middle School

During the Covid-19 pandemic we have shifted our school pantry to a venue that provides access to families in the greater NE Seattle region. In partnership with Eckstein PTSA, TC PTA is offering a free community pantry hosted at Eckstein MIddle School.

  • When: Mondays and Fridays during SPS meal pick-up time, 11:15am - 1:15pm

  • Where: Eckstein Middle School parking lot, on the west side of the portables

The pantry offers school supplies, toiletries and household supplies, masks, winter coats, hats, gloves and more. We welcome feedback from our community via email or during pantry hours to ensure we are stocking items that are relevant to current needs. The pantry is located at Eckstein Middle School in the main parking lot on the west side of the portables. Look for the sandwich board on Mondays and Fridays from 11:15am - 1:15pm when remote learning is in session.


Collection Dates, Times + Locations

Thornton Creek Elementary (PTA Table in front of TC Elementary)
Sat, Jan 30, 2-4pm
Tues, Feb 2, 1-3pm
Thurs, Feb 4, 1-3pm

Eckstein Middle School (west parking lot 30 Ave. NE and 75th St. NE)
Sat, Feb 6th, 10am-12pm

Please support the PTA Pantry by dropping donations off to ensure all families have a happy healthy winter. As more families have begun experiencing joblessness and financial strain during the pandemic we have seen needs rising at the pantry. This event is being hosted by Thornton Creek and Eckstein Middle School PTAs and donations will benefit families at many NE Seattle Schools.

We will have volunteers in masks and gloves ready to take donations passed from your car window or from your trunk for a no-contact option. We will have tables set up for no-contact walk up donations as well.

PLEASE NOTE: All donations should be new, full size varieties, in original packaging, recognizable name brands and not homemade. If you can’t make it in person or feel more comfortable donating from home, please consider ordering from our Amazon and Target wishlists list or contact Liz Benko at, or making a cash donation via our paypal account.

We will be collecting the following:

Personal care supplies

  • Bar soap

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Deodorant

  • Feminine hygiene products

  • PPE (individually wrapped masks, hand sanitizer)

  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss

Home care supplies

  • General purpose cleaners

  • Dish soap

  • Laundry detergent

  • Toilet paper

  • Paper towels

  • Tissues

Winter wear (gently used items accepted)

  • Winter coats

  • Hats

  • Gloves

Additional Support the PTA Community Pantry

We are working with an Inter-school Committee to ensure the project is sustainably supported and responsive to community needs including additional locations as needed. If you have questions, ideas or would like to get involved in pantry and family support work in North East Seattle Public Schools, please contact Liz Benko at

Additional Food Support for Students and Families

Below are several resources that provide food support to families and individuals with limited resources. Additional food support when the meals sites, pantry and food banks are closed can be found 24/7 through the Community Information Line (just dial 2-1-1) and/or the Crisis Connection website.

Seattle Public Schools Food Distribution
There are 40 food distribution sites throughout SPS. They all offer lunch every day from 11:15-1:15. Everyone is welcome and may take whatever meals they need free of charge. Children do not need to be present and no proof of SPS association is required. The closest sites to Thornton Creek are Eckstein Middle School, Bryant Elementary, Sandpoint Elementary and Nathan Hale High School. Eckstein also provides breakfast. Fare Start offers frozen dinners and there are weekend food packs provided by various organizations. Other sites may offer these additional resources as well.

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Packs for Kids - Weekday and Weekend Meal Delivery
Eckstein Middle School PTSA has a team that delivers school provided lunches every weekday and weekend packs once a week. If you or someone you know is interested in being included in their delivery routes, please contact Beth Cogan at

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University District Food Bank
University District Food Bank operates a walk-in food bank in the University District four-days a week to individuals and families from across Northeast Seattle. They offer food, toiletries, baby formula, diapers, pet food, and connections to important community resources to residents of zip codes 98102, 98103, 98105, 98112, 98115, and 98125. Home deliveries are also available, check for details here.

An additional location at the Magnuson Park Community Food Pantry operates weekly on Wednesdays 11am-2pm.

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