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It’s Hometeam Harvest Time

Nourish Pierce County is grateful to once again be participating in the King 5 Hometeam Harvest which helps feed Northwest families. Now through December 31, stop by a participating Safeway or Albertsons and purchase a traditional $10 Hunger Bag which includes Skippy peanut butter, Safeway select sweet peas, canned Safeway albacore tuna, Safeway select mixed vegetables, 16oz bags of dry black beans, Safeway macaroni & cheese, 32oz of white long grain rice, and Safeway select canned peaches. New this year is the $12 bag which also includes a half gallon of milk.

While one in six Washington children struggle with hunger, one in three of Nourish’s clients are under 18 years of age. King 5 Hometeam Harvest is one way to help a neighbor in need this holiday season.

The stores participating in areas where Nourish serves are:

Safeway at 900 E. Meridian Suite 12, Milton
Safeway at 10105 224th St. E. Graham
Safeway at  13308 Meridian E. Puyallup
Safeway at 5616 176th St. E. Puyallup
Safeway at 707 S. 56th Tacoma
Safeway at 2411 North Proctor Tacoma
Safeway at 2637 N. Pearl St. Tacoma
Safeway at 10223 Gravelly Lake Dr. S.W. Lakewood
Safeway at 1624 72nd St E Tacoma
Safeway at 15805 Pacific Ave. S. Tacoma
Albertsons 104 Military Rd. Tacoma

To make a donation to Nourish Pierce County directly, please visit our Donate page.

Visit America’s Car Museum in November to help Drive Down Hunger

America’s Car Museum and Nourish Pierce County have partnered together this November to help end hunger and make Thanksgiving easier for families in the local area.

The Museum will accept non-perishable food donations November 1 – 27 in the lobby daily between 10 am and 5 pm. All visitors who donate two or more items will receive $2 off ACM admission.*  Dog and cat food, kitty litter and baby items will also be accepted.

Thank you ACM for helping to Drive Down Hunger.

*Cannot be combined with other admission discounts.

 

Nourish Receives Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber Spotlight on Business Award

We are both delighted and honored to have received the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber Spotlight on Business Award for the nonprofit category.  The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber annually recognizes local businesses that have set the standard for exemplary business practices.

Accepting the award, Executive Director Sue Potter said, “We can’t do our work without the community. Last year we served 61,000 unique visitors to our 25 food bank locations and we can’t do it without our 1,000 volunteers pitching in to make sure our shelves are stocked, our doors are open and that our clients are greeted with a smile and a friendly helping hand. Thank you to the Chamber. Thank you to Tacoma and Pierce County for all of your support. And we are just happy to be here for our neighbors in need.”

 

Starting this Week, Nourish Mobile Food Bank in Parkland

Our newest mobile food bank site begins June 12 at the Church for All Nations in Parkland (111 112th St E, Parkland). Every Wednesday, our mobile food bank will be outside the church from 4:30 to 6:30pm. If you know people in need of food in the Parkland and southern Tacoma area, please make sure they know about this new location.

The Nourish Pierce County mobile food banks are full-service food banks on wheels. They provide clients with the same amount of food as if they visited one of our fixed location food banks and they use the same self-select service model. With this newest site, we now have eighteen mobile food bank sites around Pierce County.

New Report Released about Food Insecurity on College Campuses

College students continue to face food insecurity and hunger.

According to the annual update of the largest survey in the nation studying the basic needs of college students, 48% of students who attend two year schools such as community and technical colleges faced food insecurity in the last 30 days. 38% of these students reported that they ate less than they should because they didn’t have enough money to buy more food. 12% of students at two-year institutions did not eat for a full day because they did not have enough money for food. Food insecurity is even higher among marginalized students including African Americans, LGBTQ students, students who are financially independent from their parents, those who used to be in foster care and students with disabilities and chronic medical conditions. Two-thirds of the students who were food insecure are employed and working in addition to being enrolled in school.

For the report, “College and University Basic Needs Insecurity” researchers from the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University analyzed survey results from more than 80,000 students nationwide, including some in Washington.

The results follow on a 2018 study of University of Washington students, also released in May. That study, which included UW Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma campuses, found that 25% of students worried about not having enough to eat.

To help address food insecurity for college students in Pierce County, Nourish has partnered with local community & technical colleges to provide food bank services directly on their campuses. Our mobile food bank visits Bates Technical College, Clover Park Technical College, Pierce College Puyallup, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom and Tacoma Community College for two hours shifts once each week. From our food banks, clients receive nutritious food for themselves and their families so they can make it through the week. While our food banks are on campuses, they are open to anyone in the community who is in need of food, not just students.

To learn more about the expansion of our mobile food banks, read Nourish Launches Mobile Food Banks at Local Colleges.
To find the schedule for our food banks, visit our Food Bank Locations page.
To support our ability to provide this service, Donate to Nourish.