What does it take to nourish a community during a national health crisis?
Supporting best practices as well as our mission, Nourish operates a self-select model. Clients visiting any of our food bank locations, including our two mobile food banks, used a shopping cart while guided by a volunteer to make their own food choices. In March 2020, when COVID-19 hit, we changed to a pre-boxed distribution model to safeguard the health of our community.
Our warehouse became an assembly line. Our food bank parking lots became routed drive-through distribution sites. Our volunteer base, as much as 75%, stayed home due to health concerns. We gratefully welcomed the National Guard to fill the void.
All this, while our client numbers soared to the highest point in our history. Due to the significant increase in demand, we spent our entire annual food budget by mid-year. We are continuing to raise funds and secure grants and donations in order to keep up with demand.
As the health crisis wears on and the economy slowly opens, the need continues. But through it all, and with the support of our generous community, we have continued to provide enough food for three meals a day for three days for each household member to anyone who visits our food banks.
So, what does it take to nourish a community during a national health crisis? It takes all of us, including you. Visit our Get Involved page to learn how you can help. #TogetherWeNourish.
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 is GivingTuesday, a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. Nourish Pierce County depends on the generosity of our local community to maintain our mission – providing nutritious food and support services to people in need with compassion, dignity, and respect.
Here are 5 ways that you can take part in Giving Tuesday and support Nourish:
We rely on volunteers to maintain our food bank operations. Volunteers must be at least 17 years old and in good health. To learn more, visit the volunteer page on our website.
We don’t charge for any of our service and depend on the generosity of our community. Visit our donation page where you can choose to donate online, send a check, or donate by phone.
Use your talent or creativity to host a virtual fundraiser. Customize your very own fundraising page and share the link with your friends, family, and co-workers. Encourage them to support your fundraising efforts and start raising funds for Nourish Pierce County Food Banks today!
Host a food drive. Visit our Food Drive page for all the information you need including how to request donation barrels and a list of our most needed food items.
Support Nourish When You Shop
Just link your Fred Meyer Reward Card and AmazonSmile account to Nourish Pierce County. Then, when you shop with these organizations, we are part of their individual donation programs – at no extra cost to you!
A food and fund drive is a fun way to engage with our community while raising awareness of the hunger crisis. We would not be able to meet the need for food to nourish our community without you. For more information on getting started, check out our food and fund drive kit.
We encourage you to use your own collection method, but you are welcome to use the barrels and/or boxes that we offer.
Our barrels are about 33 inches tall with a 19-inch diameter. They hold approximately 200 pounds.
Our boxes are 16-7/8 in x 16-7/8 in x 24-1/2 in. They hold approximately 180 pounds.