Nourish Pierce County

June 2024 Newsletter

Hello Ken,

In 51 years, Nourish has never seen our shelves so empty.


The cause? High food costs, along with fewer resources for food banks.


Last year, Nourish food banks saw a 13% increase in guests, while we received 9% less food. This year, we have already seen a 20% increase in guests compared to last year and anticipate spending over $700,000 on food. This is the most we have ever budgeted for, by far. And, we cannot get there without your help!

“I’ve noticed there is a lot less food than there used to be, but it’s still enough to get me through the week, and if I have to come back there will still be food for me. Jeanie is a senior who works part-time while also caring for her adult son with special needs. In addition, she supports her 85-year-old mother who is also working part-time to help make ends meet. The food bank allows Jeanie and her family to use their limited income for necessities like medical care and housing costs.

Two years ago, the cost of at-home food jumped 11.4%, then last year we saw another 5% increase, with an even greater increase for proteins and dairy products (our two most requested items!). Nourish food banks have always prioritized high-quality, fresh, nutritious foods. These high prices are strangling our food purchasing funds and result in fewer food donations from our regional partners. As costs rise, so too does food-insecurity.

“Boy, has it saved us. So. Many. Times! Those food stamps only last two and a half to three weeks.” Jamie, a mom of four, with three autistic sons relies on Nourish food banks to supplement her income and food stamps. “It’s been such a blessing, we really, really rely on that meat and fresh produce.”

Nourish’s goal is to provide enough food for every guest to make at least 3 meals a day for 3 days, each week they visit us. But it’s not enough to just provide meals, we all deserve to have access to highly nutritious food that fits our needs.


“The food banks we are used to are really just self-stable stuff, this is actually good food. We aren’t getting stuff that’s bad, it’s really nice. My boys have like five ‘safe’ foods, and I can almost always find them at the food bank,” said Jamie.


With your help, Nourish can continue providing these safe, nutritious foods to families like Jamie’s and Jeanie’s. As the largest food bank network in Pierce County, Nourish is uniquely positioned to make the most of donations through bulk purchasing. While you may only be able to buy a few cans of food at the grocery store, for $50 we can purchase over three cases of food, distributing it among families in need across the county.

Stock the Shelves Now!

P.S. Nourish Pierce County is 100% donor funded, meaning we can’t fill our shelves without you. A BIG thank you to those who have already donated, you are the reason our work continues!

Nourish by the Numbers: as of June 1, 2024

Individuals Served: 40,605

Meals Provided: 1,658,367

Hours Volunteered: 14,898

Save the Date!

A Place at Our Table Luncheon

Tuesday, September 10, 2024

Hotel Murano, Tacoma

Join us for inspirational stories and raise funds for those facing hunger in our community!

The Luncheon is free to attend. Registration will open SOON!

We are looking for Table Captains and Sponsors!

Contact for more information.

A BIG Thank You to the Sponsors Who Have Already Joined Us!

Alaska Airlines - Puget Sound Precast - Rush Hannula, Harkins & Kyler - Terreno Realty Corporation - Virginia Mason Franciscan Health

Welcome to the team Rachel!

Please join us in welcoming Rachel to the Nourish team! Rachel is excited to join the team at Nourish Pierce County as our Volunteer Coordinator! At her previous position, she worked with Lutheran Community Services Northwest in Senior Services. Her hope is that she can help volunteers continue to feel engaged and passionate about the work they do with Nourish. On the weekends, she loves to read, knit, and find new places to explore with her son. Next time you see her make sure to say hello!

Leaving a Legacy

Legacy giving is a great way that you and your family can support the charitable causes that matter most to you. These kinds of gifts can do the following:

  • Provide sustainable financial resources to help get food to people in need so they can get back on their feet and move on with their lives.
  • Provide you an opportunity to have your charitable values live well beyond your lifetime.  
  • Provide tax benefits that may help assure that more of your hard-earned resources go toward the things that you care deeply about such as your family and values.

We encourage you to consult with an attorney or financial advisor to see if a planned gift or a legacy gift makes sense for you. For more information on legacy giving, visit or contact Marion Sharp, Nourish's Development Director at

We Are Hiring!

Nourish is looking for new staff members to join our growing team!

Mobile Food Bank Manager / CDL-A Driver

The Mobile Driver/Manager is responsible for all phases of food bank operations involved in the acquisition, maintenance, and distribution of food to customers through Nourish’ s Mobile Food Bank. The mobile food bank is semi-truck and trailer converted into a food pantry. The manager safely transports the mobile unit to area distribution sites. Once parked the manager ensures a warm and welcoming environment for customers to “shop” and provides a positive working environment for volunteers. Successful candidates must demonstrates effective leadership, good public relations skills, and ability to use personal computer technology.

Food Bank Manager

This position is responsible for all phases of food bank operations involved in the acquisition, maintenance, and distribution of food to customers. Ensures a compassionate and warm-welcoming environment for customers and provides a positive working environment for volunteers. Demonstrates effective leadership and good public relations skills and the ability to use personal computer technology. 

If you know these people, or maybe are one of them,

we’d love to have you apply!

Learn More and Apply Here
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