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The Reality of Hunger 

Debbie tears up when she talks about her trips to the Nourish Pierce County food bank. “It’s just temporary … just temporary,” she says.

She and her husband recently suffered through a series of difficulties and suddenly found themselves not able to make ends meet. “Since I lost my job, we’re on one income for five people,” Debbie says. She was working in a warehouse and making a decent wage, but physical limitations and trying to “keep up with the kids” left her out in the cold.

Adding to the woes, both her car and her husband’s died on their way to work just a few weeks apart. After 12 years without car payments, they now have two.

“If it wasn’t for the food bank, we would have to decide between food and paying our expenses,” Debbie says. “This is a godsend. What we get here lets us know we are going to have enough food to last you a week or so.”

Debbie says she likes coming to the food bank, not only for the food but for the company – both food bank volunteers and the fellow clients. “It’s a nice community,” she says, “We always talk and when somebody’s not here we worry about them or try to find out what’s happening and if we can help.”

“And the people in the food bank make you feel welcome. Not like you’re some kind of loser,” she says.

Debbie walks the walk about her food bank friendships. Shortly after she walked away from this interview she took off her scarf so her friend’s dog could be sheltered against the nasty cold.

-Chris Fruitrich, retired journalist and food bank volunteer

Thank you for giving generously to help the hungry in Pierce County.


Nourish is Seeking AmeriCorps Member

Food Bank Volunteer Coordinator AmeriCorps Member, Position Description

Nourish Pierce County is currently looking for a Food Bank Volunteer Coordinator in partnership with AmeriCorps. This position will assist in the recruitment, training, and retention of volunteers at the Southeast Tacoma Food Bank, assuring that all volunteers are able to carry out Nourish Pierce County’s mission of providing nutritious food and support services to people in need with compassion, dignity and respect.

Volunteers are essential in the day to day function of Nourish Pierce County. Without volunteers Nourish Pierce County would not able to serve 70,000 clients, distribute 6.5 million pounds of food, or provide enough food for 4.7 million meals annually. The Volunteer Coordinator position will be responsible for coordinating all elements of volunteer management at the Southeast Tacoma Food Bank including the recruitment, placement, training, and retention of volunteers.

Food Bank Volunteer Coordinator Responsibilities

  • The Volunteer Coordinator will recruit, train, and manage volunteers at the Southeast Tacoma Nourish Food Bank.
  • The Volunteer Coordinator will track volunteer hours, process volunteer applications, schedule and implement continuous volunteer orientations. Orientations may be held at the Southeast Tacoma Nourish Food Bank, or at another Food Bank within the Nourish Pierce County Food Bank Network.
  • The Volunteer Coordinator will collaborate with the Food Bank Manager to welcome, orientate, place, and train new volunteers.
  • This position will serve alongside current volunteers to ensure the Food Bank is stocked and prepared for service, as well as ensuring that the Food Bank shelves are replenished as needed throughout the period of service.
  • This position will also collaborate with the Volunteer Program Coordinator to institute a new volunteer database to be used by new and existing volunteers.

Food Bank Volunteer Coordinator Desired Qualities

  • Dedicated to community service
  • Excellent customer service
  • Compassionate
  • Inquisitive
  • Collaborative
  • Relationship oriented
  • Open minded
  • Full of initiative
  • Excited to work with a diverse volunteer and client base
  • Adaptable to change

Food Bank Volunteer Coordinator Requirements

  • Some College
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs.
  • Demonstrated computer and written literacy
  • Demonstrated organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Volunteer experience preferred
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to pass AmeriCorps Background Check

Addition AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities

WSC members may be deployed to help support disaster response and/or recovery efforts. Sponsor organizations must agree to release Members for short term duration to assist with these efforts. Deployment may be waived if it presents undue hardship for an individual member. All deployments would be requested by the WSC unless your host organization is a disaster response organization where any requests for deployment would require initial approval by the WSC.

Salary and Benefits

This is a 40 hour per week position for the 6-month. Stipend and benefits are provided by Washington Reading Corps (AmeriCorps) and is contingent on federal funding.

  • Living stipend of $1,202.86 per month provided by WSC.
  • Subsidized childcare available, provided by GAP Solutions Inc. (if qualified)
  • Health Insurance
  • Student loan forbearance (on qualifying loans)
  • $2907.50  Education Award provided by National Service Trust (upon successful completion of 6 month term of service and 900 hours of service)

 To Apply:

Please send Resume and Cover Letter to Nourish Pierce County, or 1702 S 72nd ST, Ste E, Tacoma, WA 98408, applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

No One Should Go Hungry

A Chance To Start Over

Anna and her husband Albert are trying to put their lives back together and she says the food bank has played a major role in that effort.

Albert has almost totally lost the use of one leg after three unsuccessful knee replacement surgeries and subsequent infections. He may face amputation. Anna recently was released after 7 1/2 years in prison.

“I made some stupid mistakes and now we are trying to restart our lives at a very old age,” she says.

Anna and Albert are 69 and 74 respectively and retired from responsible jobs. Their only income is from Social Security.

“This [the food bank] is the difference between us having a decent meal and not,” Anna said.

The option is something like Top Ramen every night.

“I can do more things with Top Ramen than anybody in the world,” she laughed.

And for those thinking Anna must be a bit of a hard-boiled personality after the prison term, forget it.

“She’s the sweetest client we have,” said one volunteer walking past as Anna sat for this interview.

“I decided I had to become a whole new me,” she said.

-Chris Fruitrich, retired journalist and food bank volunteer

Note: Anna and Albert are pseudonyms to protect the clients’ privacy