Kevin Glackin-Coley
Food Connection Director

Dawn Whitman
Operations Manager


Megan Capes
Volunteer Coordinator

James Harper
Development Associate


The St. Leo Food Connection

The St. Leo Food Connection has been a consistent source of nutritious food and caring for people in need throughout Pierce County since 1982. We are devoted to distributing nutritious food to our society’s most vulnerable. 

  • The St. Leo Food Bank is the second largest food bank in Pierce County and one of the largest in the state. In 2016, the Food Connection had more than 137,000  client visits.
  • The Springbrook Mobile Food Bank serves 125-150 households in Lakewood’s Springbrook neighborhood every Saturday. In 2016 we had more than 15,000 client visits.
  • The Backpack Project provides two day's worth of food to more than 1,100 children who are at risk of going hungry every weekend throughout the school year.
  • After-School Meals Program provides snacks and/or dinner to local after school programs.
  • The Break Bags Project provides 2,000 families with food bags to help them meet the nutritional needs of their children and family during extended Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring Breaks.
  • Summer Meals sites serves lunch to hundreds of children on weekdays throughout the summer.

In addition, The Food Connection community works in conjunction with other social service providers on local, state and federal advocacy efforts to support low-income individuals and families.


Volunteers are needed to help collect and process food donations and assist clients at our St. Leo Food Bank; to assist with preparation and deliveries for our Children’s Feeding Programs; to serve on the Food Connection Commission; to participate on the event planning committee; and to work on community education and advocacy efforts. Contact Megan Capes, Volunteer Coordinator at for more information.