Nourish Pierce County

Food Banks for Healthier Futures

aka Nourish Pierce County   |   Tacoma, WA   |  https://nourishpc.org/

Mission

The mission of Nourish Pierce County is to provide nutritious food & support services to people in need with compassion, dignity and respect. Our goal is to provide enough nutritious food for individuals and families to make at least three meals a day for three days. No one needing assistance is turned away.

Ruling year info

1983

Executive Director

Sue Potter

Main address

1702 South 72nd Street, Suite E

Tacoma, WA 98408 USA

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Formerly known as

FISH Food Banks of Pierce County

FISH

FISH Food Banks

EIN

91-1198391

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

No one should go hungry. That is why we exist. Children and families, the elderly, the working poor and the homeless. We provide more healthy nutritious food to clients than any other organization in Pierce County. Today, the need for our services is greater than ever. Nearly 9,000 households now count on Nourish for food every month. Soaring rents and home prices. Higher costs for health care. These and other factors mean will will likely see more than 500,000 client visits this year.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Edgewood Nourish Food Bank

Food Bank

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Food Bank

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Food Bank

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Food Bank

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Food Bank

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Food Bank

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Mobile Food Banks visit 17 sites in Pierce Co. For more information visit www.nourishpc.org

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Food Bank

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

2010 Nonprofit Excellence Awards- Weyerhaeuser Company Innovation Award 2010

The Nonprofit Center

Innovation Award - FISH Mobile Food Bank 2013

Emergency Food Network

Volunteer Award - Mobile Food Bank 2013

Washington State Jefferson Award

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

From Graham to Southeast Tacoma and from Edgewood to Lakewood, Nourish runs seven food bank locations, many supported by the generosity of the faith community and other community organizations. Our two Mobile Food Banks, also serve another 17 locations- places in Pierce County where the need is high and there is little or no other access to a food bank.

Walk into any Nourish Food Bank and you'll see a room organized much like your local grocery store, with one notable exception; at every aisle - produce and fresh vegetables, pastas and rice, dairy products and protein- a kind volunteer helps busy parents and elderly shoppers alike. And while our goal is to provide each individual or family with enough food to make three meals a day for three days, Nourish is so much more. Hugs are as plentiful as the food. Stories are shared, lives touched. Because we Nourish our clients and each other - with compassion, dignity and respect.

Nourish provides services throughout Pierce County, Washington. To cover this vast geographical area and meet the needs of clients no matter where they live or work, hours and days of operation vary. Clients are free to shop at any location. We ask them to limit visits to once a week, yet no one is ever turned away. More than 1000 committed volunteers also help us to provide services. In fact, the hours contributed by volunteers add up to nearly 40 full time employees.

As the oldest and largest system of food banks in Pierce County, we continue to leverage our size to keep costs down and to feed more people.

Last year, 2020, Nourish shared food with just over 79,000 people, meaning 8% of Pierce County visited a Nourish food bank at least once - a 17% increase from the prior year. While our self-select service model was altered to a pre-selected box service due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we continued to serve and never closed. We distributed 7.9 million pounds of food - enough for 5 million meals for people in need. Through our 25 distribution locations, we serve food to more people through our food banks than any other food bank in Pierce County.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Nourish Pierce County

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Van Sawin

Washington State National Guard

Term: 2015 - 2024


Board co-chair

Megan Leifson

Lucks Food Decorating Company

Term: 2014 - 2023

Mike Mowat

Retired Business Owner

Lynda Morley

JPMorgan Chase

Jennifer Veal

Fitzer, Fitzer, Veal, McAmis

Van Sawin

Washington State National Guard

Pam Johnson

Propel Insurance

Maria Meyer

Melanie Garnica

United Healthcare

Christine Stevens, MPH, PhD

University of Washington, Tacoma

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/18/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/18/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.