To provide nutritious food and support services to people in need with compassion, dignity and respect.


Creating pathways from scarcity to security.


On May 19, 2017 FISH Food Banks of Pierce County changed its name to Nourish Pierce County, a name reflecting the organization’s mission and how donors, volunteers and staff work together to serve anyone who needs food. A new logo was unveiled and the organization revealed plans to continue to grow and serve local residents.

FISH Food Banks served 518,000 individuals facing significant hardships. Since 2008, the community’s need for food distribution through FISH has increased a staggering 132%.

FISH Food Banks launches the Mobile Food Bank, (owned by FISH and operated in partnership with Emergency Food Network) is designed to reach areas of the county with high need but no food bank access. It is Pierce County’s first completely self-contained mobile food bank and one of only a few in the country.

Recognizing that many food bank clients need more than food, FISH Food Banks becomes the first food bank organization in the county to offer extended services through a “Connection Center” partnership with South Sound Outreach Services (SSO). By making an SSO outreach specialist available onsite in the larger food banks, FISH offers clients a single point of access for dozens of community resources, government subsidies, medical and housing options.

Southeast FISH expands to add additional space. Edgewood Community FISH moves into new quarters at the Edgewood Community Center on the campus of Mountain View Lutheran Church.

NW Tacoma FISH consolidates its rotating food bank locations into a single site at Mason United Methodist Church

FISH adds food banks in Roy and Graham for a total of eleven sites. There are also 25 affiliated food bank locations, more than 600 volunteers, and two full-time paid staff.

FISH incorporates as FISH Food Banks of Pierce County, including all the Pierce County FISH groups and receives nonprofit 501c3 status in May 1983.

FISH Food Banks partners with The Salvation Army and the Tacoma Rescue Mission to form the Emergency Food Network (EFN).

FISH Administrative Office moves to Associated Ministries; director becomes full-time. Working relationship between FISH Food Banks and Associated Ministries is formalized with a signed covenant agreement.

Northwest Tacoma FISH begins operations. Lakes Area FISH also begins, operated by Christ Lutheran Church and Little Church on the Prairie..

Associated Ministries begins coordinating Food First Food Banks, while southeast Tacoma FISH begins operations at Lutheran Church of Christ the King.

Early 1970s:
A group of Pierce County churches partner to form Food First Food Banks