No One Should Go Hungry

A Chance To Start Over

Anna and her husband Albert are trying to put their lives back together and she says the food bank has played a major role in that effort.

Albert has almost totally lost the use of one leg after three unsuccessful knee replacement surgeries and subsequent infections. He may face amputation. Anna recently was released after 7 1/2 years in prison.

“I made some stupid mistakes and now we are trying to restart our lives at a very old age,” she says.

Anna and Albert are 69 and 74 respectively and retired from responsible jobs. Their only income is from Social Security.

“This [the food bank] is the difference between us having a decent meal and not,” Anna said.

The option is something like Top Ramen every night.

“I can do more things with Top Ramen than anybody in the world,” she laughed.

And for those thinking Anna must be a bit of a hard-boiled personality after the prison term, forget it.

“She’s the sweetest client we have,” said one volunteer walking past as Anna sat for this interview.

“I decided I had to become a whole new me,” she said.

-Chris Fruitrich, retired journalist and food bank volunteer

Note: Anna and Albert are pseudonyms to protect the clients’ privacy

Fall/Winter Volunteer Orientation Dates


Tuesday, November 7th—2:30pm—Graham/South Hill
Wednesday, November 15th—5:30pm—Administrative Office
Saturday, November 18th— 10am, Edgewood Food Bank
Monday, November 20th—9am, Southeast Tacoma Food Bank
Wednesday, November 29th—Lakewood Food Bank


Tuesday, December 5th, 2:30pm—Graham/South Hill
Saturday, December 9th— 10am, Edgewood Food Bank
Monday, December 11th—9am, Southeast Tacoma Food Bank
Wednesday, December 20th, 5:30pm—Administrative Office
Wednesday, December 27th—Lakewood Food Bank


Tuesday, January 2nd—2:30pm—Graham/South Hill
Monday, January 8th—9am, Southeast Tacoma Food Bank
Wednesday, January 17th— 5:30pm—Administrative Office
Saturday, January 20th— 10am, Edgewood Food Bank
Wednesday, January 24th—Lakewood Food Bank


Tuesday, February 6th—2:30pm—Graham/South Hill
Monday, February 12th—9am, Southeast Tacoma Food Bank
Wednesday, February 21th— 5:30pm—Administrative Office
Saturday, February 24th— 10am, Edgewood Food Bank
Wednesday, February 28th—Lakewood Food Bank

Orientation Locations and Addresses

Graham/South Hill—10425 187th St E, Puyallup 98374
Administrative Office—1702 S 72nd St, Ste E, Tacoma 98408
Edgewood Food Bank— 3607 122nd Ave E, Edgewood 98372
Southeast Tacoma Food Bank—1704 85th St E, Tacoma 98445
Lakewood Food Bank—6900 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood 98499

Sign up for orientation today HERE

New Organization Name

FISH Food Banks, the largest network of food banks in Pierce County, recently changed its name and unveiled a new brand.

“Our new name, Nourish Pierce County, reflects not only what we do, but also the way in which staff, volunteers, donors and our entire community work together to provide nutritious food to anyone who needs it,” explains Sue Potter, executive director of Nourish.

Founded by the faith community in the early 1970s, today Nourish is an independent nonprofit, governed by a community board of directors. It runs seven food banks and serves another 10 locations via its Mobile Food Bank, operated in partnership with Emergency Food Network.

And while the booming economy might create the impression that the organization’s services aren’t as important these days, Potter indicates that’s far from the case.

“Soaring rents and home prices. Higher costs for health care. These are just two of the many factors that make our food banks a vital safety net for so many residents,” Potter says.

Nourish Pierce County will unveil its name, logo and new identity in the coming weeks, gradually phasing in collateral, business cards and an updated website to keep costs down – and feed more people.

“We’re excited to talk to volunteers and donors, partners and the community about our new name and how well it represents our entire organization.

Nourish is more than a name. It’s the word donors and volunteers use to describe their feelings after helping out. It reflects the way we treat clients and each other. And, we hope, it will help people in all corners of Pierce County understand the need and how they can help us Nourish.”