A foundation connected to Renton-based Taco Time Northwest has named three Pierce County charities as recipients of a total of $30,000 in donations.
Taco Time Northwest Foundation said it has donated $20,000 to Tacoma’s St. Leo Food Connection and $10,000 to a program jointly operated by the MultiCare Center for Healthy Living and The Tacoma Farmer’s Market.
The St. Leo Food Connection grant will be used to provide food for children and their families at risk of hunger on weekends and on extended breaks during the school year. Many of those children receive free or reduced price meals at school when classes are in session.
The MultiCare-Tacoma Farmer’s Market program will receive money to fund the Double Your Dollars Taco Time Green Coin matching program. Participants in the program will receive up to $10 in matching money when they present their government food program credentials or checks at the Tacoma Farmer’s Market information booth. The matching funds can be used to buy fruits and vegetables from market vendors.
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The three Pierce County charities are among seven charities in the Puget Sound area receiving a total of $100,000 this year from the foundation. Over the last 17 years, Taco Time has donated more than $2 million to local charities.