Summer Cooling Centers

Puyallup Food Bank

Puyallup Food Bank - 217 W Stewart Ave

The City of Puyallup has teamed up with the Puyallup Food Bank to open a cooling center downtown.

From 3 pm to 9 pm, June 26 – 28, 2021, the Puyallup Food Bank will open up nearly half of their new 11,500 square foot facility in downtown to the public, which is located at 217 W Stewart Ave (across from the Sound Transit Station). The facility will offer cold beverages, family-friendly entertainment, and a place for residents to cool down and escape the record-breaking heat wave that will dominate the weekend. 

Puyallup Food Bank Interim CEO Shawn Manley comments on the decision to open their doors. “It just makes sense for us to utilize this building for the public good,” says Manley. “We believe that food is the first step to a more hopeful future, and our community’s needs fluctuate continually. That’s why this weekend we are pivoting to address the heatwave by opening our space and our hearts to those struggling to keep cool.”

The City is donating supplies, such as bottled water, to the Food Bank and is grateful for their partnership. City Emergency Manager, Kirstin Hofmann, comments on the partnership. “When these types of emergencies happen, you have to be responsive,” says Hofmann. “We reached out to the Puyallup Food Bank and their eagerness to jump on-board and help us solve this problem was fantastic. We are grateful to have these types of partnerships within our community.”

For more information about the Puyallup Food Bank cooling center, please go to or contact them at

South Hill Mall - 3500 S Meridian

The South Hill Mall serves as a second cooling center within the City of Puyallup. The Mall is open from 10 am to 9 pm on Saturday and Monday, and from 11 am to 6 pm on Sunday. Do some shopping while you cool off from the summer heat. Learn more at  

Puyallup Public Library - 324 S. Meridian

The Library will open as a cooling center on Monday, June 28, 2021. From 9 am to 7 pm, come cool off at the Library. And while you're there, check out a book or two. Check out their Summer Reading page here.

Other Cooling Centers in Pierce County

For a list of additional cooling centers that are located in Pierce County, please go to the County website here. 

Tips for Staying Cool

During the heat event, it is important to keep yourself and your house cool. Here are some tips to staying cool during a heatwave:

  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Use your stove less often.
  • Keep window blinds and shades closed during the day.
  • Wear a hat when outside and remember to apply sunscreen.
  • Drink plenty of water. Make sure pets have access to water.
  • Avoid high intensity activities outside, such as running or biking.
  • Wear loose, lightweight fabrics or clothing.
  • Check your home air conditioner to ensure it is working properly.

For additional Heat Safety Tips, please visit the City of Puyallup website here.