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Your Community Needs You. Volunteer with Nourish.

Have you seen the news? Long lines of cars waiting for help from their local food bank.

In May and June we served the largest number of people in need in our 40 year history. We provided enough food for more than one million meals during those two months alone. That’s a 50% increase from last year. The need for food bank support is immediate and immense. Be part of the solution. Volunteer with Nourish Pierce County.

Nourish distributes food throughout Pierce County. But we can’t do it without volunteers. We need you. New shifts available Monday – Saturday. Click on our Volunteer page to Sign up today.

Nourish adheres to strict precautions including face masks, sanitizing, social distancing and curb-side pick-up, to safeguard the health of our community at all locations.

NPC is in The NYT!

Ruth Fremson, a photojournalist with The New York Times was interested in telling America the story of people in need who live in rural communities.  The journalist thought the idea of focusing on a mobile food bank was an interesting angle – something probably unknown to the average NYT reader.  So we arranged for her to visit Nourish’s distribution sites in Roy and on the Key Peninsula.

The result is an incredible photo essay in the Times’ online platform, “‘An Overwhelming Tsunami’ for Food Banks Going Mobile” by Ruth Fremson and Mike Baker, published on May 19, 2020. . Additionally, her images of one of the Nourish mobile food banks and some of our clients were featured on the front page of the print edition on May 20, 2020.

While it is a sad reality that there is such a need for food banks throughout Pierce County, Washington State and the country, now more than ever, we are always incredibly appreciative to have the opportunity to inform others about that need. Sharing this information helps lead to generous donors, which enables us to continue serving anyone who needs us throughout Pierce County. We are both thrilled and grateful to have had such a remarkable opportunity.

Volunteer Appreciation Week

To Our Valued Volunteers:

Absence truly does make the heart grow fonder!

WE MISS YOU and are looking forward to when you can come back safely!

In the meantime, we are grateful to the National Guard for supporting our operations during this crisis. They have stepped up to serve our community by distributing groceries not just at our Food Banks but on the mobile too. They have been instrumental in continuing the mission of Nourish during this time.

However, it truly is not the same without you! It is your, smile your service, that makes that makes the mission. You, the dedicated and compassionate volunteers give of yourselves in the most precious way, your time.

YOU are Nourish.

To quote a volunteer, “we are giving out more than food, we are giving out hope and kindness.”

To help celebrate Volunteer week, share with us a meaningful story about volunteering at Nourish. We will share that on our social media and e-newsletters and help to celebrate all those working hard to nourish the community. Email us and tell us your story at info@nourish.org
#VolunteerAppreciationWeek

Governor Inslee Welcomes the National Guard to Nourish

Governor Jay Inslee visited the Nourish warehouse this morning to welcome members of the National Guard. The Guard is filling in for our regular volunteers to help to keep our neighbors fed during the COVID-19 pandemic response.

Nourish relies on 1000 volunteers annually to provide service at our 26 distribution sites throughout Pierce County. The majority of our volunteers are over 60 years old, and, based on recommendations from the CDC, staying at home to safeguard their health. The National Guard is stepping in to pack boxes and distribute them to clients at Nourish locations throughout the county.

Nourish, as well as all Washington State Food Banks, is considered an essential service during the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, which has been extended to May 4, 2020. As businesses temporarily or permanently close and unemployment numbers spike, the need for food banks will continue to increase. The National Guard’s involvement allows Nourish to continue to feed our neighbors in need with compassion, dignity and respect.

Service Update – COVID-19 Response

March 11, 2020

Dear Nourish community,

We received word that an individual who may have been exposed to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID -19) had contact with our mobile food bank.

Out of an abundance of caution concerning potential exposure, service by the Nourish Mobile Food Bank at the following sites will be temporarily suspended until March 23.

  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church
  • Giaudrone Middle School
  • STAR Center
  • Former Spanaway Elementary School
  • Roy-Near Chevron
  • Bethel High School
  • Tillicum Baptist Church
  • Woodbrook-American Lake Bldg
  • Salishan Family Investment Center

We are unable to verify this possible exposure. However, we believe we must take action to ensure all in our Nourish family remain healthy.

Again — This precaution is in response to the possibility that there has been an exposure to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  We are unable to confirm or verify exposure at this time.

If you have visited these mobile food bank sites and have concerns about COVID-19, we recommend that you seek updates and information from public health organizations such as the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department,  World Health Organization (WHO) or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control or consult with your healthcare professional.

We continue to closely follow information and guidance from the Department of Health, CDC and the Governor’s office and it is possible that new recommendations may change the way we provide services.  For now, food distribution service continues as regularly scheduled at our other 17 Nourish locations.  Any changes to service will be announced on our website and through our social media platforms.

Thank you.

Sue Potter
Chief Executive Officer