Frequently Asked Questions
- Where can I drop off donated items?
For smaller donations, you can drop off at any of our seven fixed food bank locations during hours of operation. (Find a list of our Food Bank locations & hours of operation) Drop off donations at least one hour before closing time.
For large donations, you can drop off at our warehouse location. Please email our Food Drive Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a drop off.
- Do I need to let Nourish Pierce County know that I am hosting a Food Drive?
Yes, please! We would love to know about your drive so we can properly credit your donations and thank you. Please register your Food & Fund Drive.
- Do you provide barrels or boxes for collecting food?
We can provide donation barrels for your event (but not boxes). We encourage anyone who has their own collection method (bags, boxes etc.) to use them! You are welcome to pick up donation barrels at our Administration office or our warehouse location. Please email the Food Drive Coordinator at email@example.com to schedule a barrel pick up.
- Do you drop off/pick up donation barrels?
If you expect to collect 1000 lbs. or more (about 5 barrels) during your drive, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate a delivery and/or pick up.
- Can I find out how much my drive collected?
After your drive is over, contact email@example.com or (253) 948 – 3981 to find out how much your group donated.
- Should I donate food or funds?
Both food and funds help Nourish Pierce County fight hunger. With our ability to make large, bulk purchases, our cost per pound of food is far lower than that of an individual buying food at retail prices. Food drives have the ability to provide important variety and shelf stable goods. These types of food are always in high demand.
- Do you have promotional materials we can use?
We have a food drive poster and a list our most-needed items.
- How does the food I collect reach people who are hungry?
Nourish distributes food collected through food drives to our 27 distribution sites throughout Pierce County. Last year, we distributed more than 1 million pounds of food for a total of 4 million nourishing meals. Together, we help reach 61,000 people, a total of 7% of Pierce County, struggling with food insecurity.
- Where do I send cash donations?
Please mail checks to or drop off monetary donations at Nourish Pierce County, 1702 S 72nd Ste E, Tacoma, WA 98408. Make checks payable to Nourish Pierce County and be sure to make note of your food drive and/or organization. To donate online, visit us at NourishPC.org.
- Will I get a receipt for cash donations?
Anyone making a monetary donation will receive a thank-you letter with the amount of the donation. Please put cash donations in an envelope and write the donor’s name, address and amount of donation on the outside of the envelope.