Giving food, hope, dignity, and a pathway out of poverty, elevating and promoting people to a positive productive lifestyle

Drive Thru Food Bank

Free groceries available to everyone. No ID is required.

2nd and 4th Saturdays

4340 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma

Volunteer Opportunities

Serve your community or give back. Volunteer shifts are available Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Adults and teens of all abilities can gain valuable work skills through our volunteer program. Community service hours are available.

Employment Support

We’ve helped hundreds of people to find employment, diverted them from homelessness, and empowered them to become self-sufficient.

“The Empowerment Center is where I got all of the love and support I needed to change my life. When I came here, I was unemployed, homeless, and ready to quit using drugs for good. I never felt judged or ashamed. I only felt accepted and more connected because of my past. Now I have the job of my dreams, give back to my community, and am part of the Empowerment Center family.”

~ Al, volunteer for over 7 years

Feeding and empowering people for over 22 years

The Empowerment Center is an independent non-profit that diverts tons of food each year from the sanitary landfill to thousands of families and homeless who would otherwise go hungry. We’ve also been instrumental in putting people to work, diverting them from homelessness, and restoring individuals to self-sufficiency.

Through a 100% volunteer workforce and generous donors, see how we served in 2023:

Vehicles served during our drive-through free groceries program

People in those drive-through families

Additional families served through food donated to our outreach organizations

Total number of families served

Pounds of food shipped

Total volunteers

Total volunteer hours

Thank you to all the donors who make these food boxes possible! Being a military family in another state on one income, we appreciate the support these food boxes provide.



With the rising costs of food, these boxes have been so helpful to fill in the gap for our family. We have been receiving them fairly regularly for the past 3 years, and they have been even more helpful since having our daughter. We love the abundance of shelf stable, and especially fresh produce we have received. The Thanksgiving boxes were especially generous. God bless the Empowerment Center!



My family and I are so very appreciative of the food boxes and volunteers. The food always varies and usually includes meat, fresh vegetables, pantry staples and even sweets! These supplements are so incredibly helpful to us during times we cannot afford groceries. Thank you for ALL YOU DO!!