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.
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, 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 struggles, the need will continue to be immense and immediate. 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.
It’s October, that time of year when most of us welcome a little spooky fun. We invite you to “get your Halloween on” with our friends, The Bonfire Tellers. Once again they’ll be performing some of their best ghostly tales to benefit Nourish at Food Fright 2020!
The Bonfire Tellers started in 1995 with a simple idea: telling historic ghostly tales around a bonfire to raise funds for Fort Nisqually. This grew into the wildly popular Bonfires, Beaver Pelts & Bogeymen. For 21 years, they captured the imaginations of audiences of up to 500 as they told stories of what scared people in 1855.
A change in the structure of the Fort in 2016 took away the site for the event, so, the Bonfire Tellers moved up the road to the cozy Antique Sandwich Company where they told tales to support Nourish Pierce County. They all figured that October was scary enough without adding the fear of hunger, and Food Fright! was born.
This year, of course, there’s something even scarier: a global pandemic that’s making hunger even more prevalent. So the Bonfire Tellers decided to go “virtual”. The collection of tales this year includes a haunted U-boat, werewolves, a mysterious whistling room, and a cautionary tale of greed.
So join us Friday, October 30, at 7:00 pm for this virtual event accessible on Zoom. We ask that you make a monetary donation to Nourish or bring non-perishable food donations to the Antique Sandwich Shop in Tacoma. Registration is required to attend this event. Register today.
On Friday, September 4, Nourish Pierce County hosted its first Day of Action, welcoming former and new volunteers to assist with food bank distribution to help feed our neighbors in need. We hosted a total of 78 volunteers who provided more than 330 hours of service. Twenty-seven of those who helped out were new to the Nourish volunteer program.
“The Day of Action was a great success,” said Nourish Volunteer Coordinator, Carol May. “We are so appreciative of all of our volunteers, both past and present. We could not have the impact on our community without them.”
Nourish Pierce County relies on 1,000 volunteers annually in order to maintain operations at its 25 food bank distribution sites. While the Washington National Guard has been serving in the food banks since early April, Nourish is actively seeking volunteers interested in providing regular service. For more information, visit our Volunteer Page.