Puyallup Resources

Fish Food Bank

253-846-3805; 239 W Stewart, Puyallup 98371; The food bank aims to provide a family with enough food to make 3 meals a day for 3 days.

Food Bank

253-848-5240 (9:15-2:30); 110 23rd St SE‎, Puyallup 98372, Open M-T-W-F;Must call to make appointment to pick up food.  There are also programs to provide gifts to children in need, personal hygiene items and pet food as supplies allow.


253.531.2366;M-Th  9:30-3;non-emergency help of any kindLove INC then refers the client to agencies or partner churches. Gap Ministries include: Jobs for Life, Medical Transportation, Instrument Loan Bank, Prom and Wedding Dresses, Personal Care Pantry, Covered with Care Linen Bank

New Phoebe House Association

253-383-7710; 1617 N 9th Street, Tacoma 98403.  housing services and support to homeless Pierce County mothers and children impacted by substance abuse, primarily methamphetamineWomen and children may live in the Phoebe house for up to 2 years.


Open Hearth Ministries

253-307-2274, 8-8; PO Box 1181, Puyallup 98371; short-term shelter for homeless families in East Pierce County the same day as requested; must be a parent or guardian with one or more children ages  ≤ 18 .  Volunteers deliver emergency items, such as food, gas card, toiletry items, and assist the family in procuring more secure housing.  A family is granted 3 nights in a motel, with occasional extensions. 

Puyallup Homeless Coalition:

(253) 845-2897 ext. 777; Homeless guests go to one of two pick-up locations and then are transported to the host church for that night around 7 PM. While there they share in an evening snack, visit with the staff and other guests, play games, watch a movie, etc. They sleep from about 10:30 PM to 6 AM. Then breakfast is served, they pack up, and head on their way around 7 AM.


St. Francis House

253-770-6991; 322 7th St SE, Puyallup 98372: No emergency services; must register on Thursday morning, to ‘shop’ on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday.  There is an Emergency Assistance Fund for small, occasional financial help, and a weeknight evening meal program.  Families may receive emergency food from a small food bank while they wait for other local banks to serve them.  Gently-used clothing and household items are available to families on a once-a-month basis. There is a Furniture Bank. The Christmas Corner provides Christmas gifts.  ESL classes are available.  The Back-to-School Program distributes packets of school supplies.

Emergency Shelter in Tacoma

Call ahead for availability

Tacoma Avenue Shelter

253-572-0131, call 6 PM – 7 AM only. ; 1142 Court E, Tacoma; Hours: 5:30 PM – 7 AM, 7 days a week; Guests can stay as long as needed, but only at night..

Tacoma Rescue Mission

253-383-4493 ; 425 South Tacoma Way; shelter for homeless men; Sign up for a bed, in person, between 3:30pm and 6:00pm.

Adams St. Family Campus

253-383-4493, Call between 8:30am and 10am,. 2909 S. Adams St, Tacoma; shelter for homeless women and families.

Nativity House

253.272.5266; daytime shelter; 2304 S Jefferson Ave, Tacoma; Monday, Thursday and Friday, noon-5pm. Saturday and Sunday and all holidays 8am-5pm. On weekdays one meal and a snack is served, on weekends two meals are served.