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The Reality of Hunger 

Debbie tears up when she talks about her trips to the Nourish Pierce County food bank. “It’s just temporary … just temporary,” she says.

She and her husband recently suffered through a series of difficulties and suddenly found themselves not able to make ends meet. “Since I lost my job, we’re on one income for five people,” Debbie says. She was working in a warehouse and making a decent wage, but physical limitations and trying to “keep up with the kids” left her out in the cold.

Adding to the woes, both her car and her husband’s died on their way to work just a few weeks apart. After 12 years without car payments, they now have two.

“If it wasn’t for the food bank, we would have to decide between food and paying our expenses,” Debbie says. “This is a godsend. What we get here lets us know we are going to have enough food to last you a week or so.”

Debbie says she likes coming to the food bank, not only for the food but for the company – both food bank volunteers and the fellow clients. “It’s a nice community,” she says, “We always talk and when somebody’s not here we worry about them or try to find out what’s happening and if we can help.”

“And the people in the food bank make you feel welcome. Not like you’re some kind of loser,” she says.

Debbie walks the walk about her food bank friendships. Shortly after she walked away from this interview she took off her scarf so her friend’s dog could be sheltered against the nasty cold.

-Chris Fruitrich, retired journalist and food bank volunteer

Thank you for giving generously to help the hungry in Pierce County.

 

Without Nourish, Her Cupboards Would Be Bare

Seventy-five-year-old Penelope Adams (Penny to her friends) still gets a warm holiday feeling when she walks into her Nourish food bank.

“It felt like Christmas when I first came here!”

Penny has been a regular visitor at the food bank since her husband died several years ago, leaving her with limited income. Her fellow food bank clients recognize her by her brightly decorated shopping cart.

Penny says without the help from food bank her cupboards would likely be bare in short order.

“This really helps with the groceries,” she says.

Then, in a matter-of-fact tone, Penny said that the food bank contributions she takes home do not just benefit her.

“If I have too much of anything, I go over and give it to the neighbors. They have a bunch of kids and I like to help them if I can.”

Nourishing Dignity

For Thomas Quichocho, the FISH Food Bank represents a chance for him to regain some of the dignity that life has torn from him.

During his first trip to a food bank, Thomas said:

 “You provide a service I really need. This is a blessing that I can put a little food on the table.”

Until recently, Thomas was living in his car. Now he is able to temporarily move in with his daughter who has financial struggles of her own. Sometimes there hasn’t been enough food to go around.

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