Frequently Asked Questions


Should I donate food or funds?

Both food and funds help Nourish Pierce County fight hunger.

Fund drives allow us to stretch your dollar further. 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 foods. These types of food are always in high demand.

Do I let Nourish Pierce County know that I am hosting a food and fund 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.

Does Nourish Pierce County provide barrels or boxes for collecting food?

We can provide donation barrels or boxes for your event. We encourage anyone who has their own collection method (bags, boxes, bins, etc.) to use them! You are welcome to pick up donation receptacles at our Administration office or warehouse location. Please contact the Food Drive Coordinator  to schedule a box or barrel pick up.

Does Nourish Pierce County drop off/pick up donation barrels?

Due to a shift in resources, we do not have the available driving staff to do barrel delivery/pick up for our community food drive partners that require less than 5 donation barrels. However, if you anticipate your event to collect 1,000 lbs. or more (about 5 donation barrels), please email the Food Drive Coordinator to see if we can coordinate a delivery and/or pick up.


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 food drive donations, you can drop off at our warehouse location. Please email our Food Drive Coordinator to schedule a drop off.

Does Nourish Pierce County have promotional materials we can use?

We have a Nourish Pierce County food drive poster and a list of our most-needed items.


How does the food I collect reach people who are hungry?

Nourish distributes food collected through food drives to our 26 distribution sites across 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 or drop off monetary donations to the Nourish Pierce County Administration office, located at 1702 S 72nd St. Suite 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 our Fundraising Page.

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 on the outside of the envelope.

Can I find out how much my drive collected?

After your drive is over, contact the Food Drive Coordinator or call (253) 948-3981 to find out how much your group collected.


Still have questions?

Contact a Nourish representative at (253) 383-3164 or email