What to Donate:
Thank you for your interest in giving food to help your neighbors in need. Before making a donation, please review our list of most needed items to best support people experiencing hunger in our communities.
Best rule of thumb? Donate items you would put on your table.
We are most in need of the following food items:
- Canned tomato product
- Peanut butter
- Canned protein – such as chicken, salmon, and tuna
- Canned vegetables and beans
- Chili or stew with meat
- Canned fruit
- Shelf-stable (powdered or canned) milk
- Baby food and formula
- Fresh fruits and vegetables Learn more in the Garden & Produce Donations section below.
- Other nutritious foods (preferably whole grain, low-fat, low sodium and low sugar products).
Also consider donating non-food Items:
- Toilet paper
- Laundry detergent
- Toothpaste and toothbrushes
- Feminine hygiene products
- Clothing Donations (accepted at Lakes Area Nourish Food Bank and Southeast Tacoma Nourish Food Bank only)
Please keep in mind Nourish Pierce County is unable to accept:
- Rusty or unlabeled cans
- Open or used items
- Expired items
- Homemade items
- Perishable items cannot be collected at food drives, but can be delivered directly to our Nourish Food Banks during hours of operation
The most vulnerable populations we see at the food bank are children and the unhoused. If you are buying canned food, please consider purchasing cans with pop tops, they are easy to open and require no can opener.
Food donations can be accepted at any Nourish food bank, including our mobile food bank sites, during operating hours. To find a food bank near you, visit our Food Bank Locations page.
For more information and guidelines around donating food, review this site from the Washington State Department of Health: Charity Food Donations
Garden and Produce Donations
As part of our mission to provide people in need with healthy, nutritious food, we try to always have fresh fruit and vegetable options at all of our food banks. We would gladly accept your fresh produce donations if you have extra to give. Please prioritize fresh fruits and vegetables that store well in refrigeration because food may need to be stored prior to distribution.
You can drop off your fresh produce donation at any Nourish food bank location, including any mobile food bank site. To find a food bank open near you, visit our Food Bank Locations page.
Grocery Store, Restaurant and other Bulk Donations
If you represent a grocery store, supermarket, restaurant or other retail food outlet, and you are interested in donating food in bulk to Nourish, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know more information and we will contact you to discuss.
Review this guide from the Washington Department of Health for more information on donations for food establishments and processors: Food Rescue Donations – Guide for Businesses.