Have you seen the news? Long lines of cars waiting for help from their local food bank.
In May and June we served the largest number of people in need in our 40 year history. We provided enough food for more than one million meals during those two months alone. That’s a 50% increase from last year. The need for food bank support is immediate and immense. Be part of the solution. Volunteer with Nourish Pierce County.
Nourish distributes food throughout Pierce County. But we can’t do it without volunteers. We need you. New shifts available Monday – Saturday. Click on our Volunteer page to Sign up today.
Nourish adheres to strict precautions including face masks, sanitizing, social distancing and curb-side pick-up, to safeguard the health of our community at all locations.
Ruth Fremson, a photojournalist with The New York Times was interested in telling America the story of people in need who live in rural communities. The journalist thought the idea of focusing on a mobile food bank was an interesting angle – something probably unknown to the average NYT reader. So we arranged for her to visit Nourish’s distribution sites in Roy and on the Key Peninsula.
The result is an incredible photo essay in the Times’ online platform, “‘An Overwhelming Tsunami’ for Food Banks Going Mobile” by Ruth Fremson and Mike Baker, published on May 19, 2020. . Additionally, her images of one of the Nourish mobile food banks and some of our clients were featured on the front page of the print edition on May 20, 2020.
While it is a sad reality that there is such a need for food banks throughout Pierce County, Washington State and the country, now more than ever, we are always incredibly appreciative to have the opportunity to inform others about that need. Sharing this information helps lead to generous donors, which enables us to continue serving anyone who needs us throughout Pierce County. We are both thrilled and grateful to have had such a remarkable opportunity.
WE MISS YOU and are looking forward to when you can come back safely!
In the meantime, we are grateful to the National Guard for supporting our operations during this crisis. They have stepped up to serve our community by distributing groceries not just at our Food Banks but on the mobile too. They have been instrumental in continuing the mission of Nourish during this time.
However, it truly is not the same without you! It is your, smile your service, that makes that makes the mission. You, the dedicated and compassionate volunteers give of yourselves in the most precious way, your time.
YOU are Nourish.
To quote a volunteer, “we are giving out more than food, we are giving out hope and kindness.”
To help celebrate Volunteer week, share with us a meaningful story about volunteering at Nourish. We will share that on our social media and e-newsletters and help to celebrate all those working hard to nourish the community. Email us and tell us your story at firstname.lastname@example.org #VolunteerAppreciationWeek
Governor Jay Inslee visited the Nourish warehouse this morning to welcome members of the National Guard. The Guard is filling in for our regular volunteers to help to keep our neighbors fed during the COVID-19 pandemic response.
Nourish relies on 1000 volunteers annually to provide service at our 26 distribution sites throughout Pierce County. The majority of our volunteers are over 60 years old, and, based on recommendations from the CDC, staying at home to safeguard their health. The National Guard is stepping in to pack boxes and distribute them to clients at Nourish locations throughout the county.
Nourish, as well as all Washington State Food Banks, is considered an essential service during the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, which has been extended to May 4, 2020. As businesses temporarily or permanently close and unemployment numbers spike, the need for food banks will continue to increase. The National Guard’s involvement allows Nourish to continue to feed our neighbors in need with compassion, dignity and respect.
We are at a precarious moment in the nearly 40 year history in our work to feed those in need throughout the county. Be assured that while we navigate through this COVID-19 crisis, the safety of our clients, volunteers and staff is the first consideration in our mission to provide nutritious food to our neighbors in need.
Every day, events on the national and local level bring even more uncertainty. I am proud of the resilienceand professionalism of the Nourish staff & volunteers who are bravely determined to keep our doors open.We haven’t seen anything like this since the Recession of 2008 when our customer base increased by 132%.
This crisis is different. How we operate is temporarily changing in order to meet increasing demand, health & safety needs. Last year, 66,000 Pierce County residents were served by Nourish. If history repeats itself, this number could double within weeks. What makes this more concerning is that with school closures, families will suddenly have unexpected childcare costs, and as business slows, companies will be laying off employees. Nourish is preparing for a tidal wave.
Nourish is determined to not cease service to those in our community who will no doubt be impacted the most—but we need your help.
More demand means more shelf stable food needs to be purchased. In order to keep people safe from infection, we must invest in additional supplies & technology. We are doing all we can to get our customers fed through this crisis. When it comes to an end, the reality is the community will still need us. While we need to feed more of our neighbors now, we also need to emerge from this crisis financially stable and to be prepared for the next emergency – because there will be another emergency and Nourish will be needed.
How Can You Help? The additional steps we are implementing carry additional expense and present new and logistical challenges. We know our Nourish community stands with us and today, we ask that you please make a financial gift.
We don’t know what tomorrow, next week, or next month will bring. What we do know is that your support will make an impact to help ensure that those who need our help most will get it. Thank you for supporting your community.