Nourishing our Neighbors: Sheila

Eleven years ago, Sheila first arrived at the Lakes Area Nourish food bank as a client. “I had a house, I had a business. I got sick and I lost everything.”

She experienced homelessness for about five months, until she got into an apartment. The food bank helped her get back on her feet.

“Even people who have jobs are just one step from being homeless. You never know what life is going to bring you.” She says. “Things are not for sure.”

Since that first visit to the food bank eleven years ago, Sheila has been coming back to volunteer. She now volunteers twice a week for a few hours each visit.  She does a little bit of everything at the Lakewood based food bank, but she mostly helps with their small clothing bank there. She sorts donations and gets them organized for the clients.

“I can’t do too much physically, but volunteering made me feel better about myself.” She says. “It’s for my peace of mind that I am here.”

She volunteers to give back. “I don’t feel right just taking and it feels good to give back. It just gives me an opportunity to help others.”

“It’s a Wonderful Life” for a Wonderful Cause

Get into the holiday spirit as The Blue Mouse Theatre presents the beloved holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” to benefit Nourish Pierce County,Thursday, December 12, doors open at 6:00 pm. Santa will be on hand to greet guests and the Northwest Repertory Singers perform festive tunes celebrating the season. Tickets go on sale on Sunday, December 1 for $10. Tickets are available at the box office. Guests are also encouraged to bring a food donation for Nourish.  The Blue Mouse is located at 2611 North Proctor in Tacoma. Visit for directions and hours.

“It’s a Wonderful Life”, is a 1946 holiday favorite starring James Stewart and Donna Reed. Stewart portrays George Bailey, a frustrated businessman whose experience with an angel on Christmas Eve allows him to understand how important his lifelong good deeds have been to his Bedford Falls family and neighbors.

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.”