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Food banks need your help during the pandemic.

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by Marcy Boulet03/28/2020 11:39 a.m.
Updated: 03/28/2020

You can safely volunteer in the time of COVID-19. Many nonprofits need your help now. 

You’ve heard the Governor’s messages: Stay at home unless you work in an essential job like healthcare or food service. Keep 6 feet distance between you and others outside your household. 

Food banks are essential and continue to operate during the pandemic. But they rely on volunteers to keep their doors open. And many volunteers are over 60, meaning they must remain safely quarantined at home. 

Demand is high because of this volunteer shortage. 

The need for food pantries will only continue to rise. Unemployment is up. One in 7 adults—and 1 in 5 children—are food insecure in Pierce County. 

We encourage people under 60 without underlying health conditions to continue this important work. Food banks need help packing meals and food into boxes for clients, then distributing it. 

Sue Potter, executive director of Nourish Food Banks, shared this quote from volunteer Dalton V.:

"We aren’t giving out food, we are giving out hope and kindness. Please consider volunteering to help us continue that effort.”

Volunteering is a great way to get out of the house and help the community. And it’s safe to do so.

Food banks ask customers to stand 6 feet apart in line. They’re following normal food safety measures like washing hands, wearing gloves and regularly disinfecting surfaces.

Volunteers can also:

  • Wear gloves.
  • Avoid directly handing items to clients. 
  • Maintain 6 feet of separation and stand behind a table. 
  • Stay home if they’re sick or live with someone who is sick or part of a vulnerable population (over 60, pregnant, immune-compromised). 

To volunteer for Nourish Pierce County food banks, email or view volunteer opportunities at or

Photo of Health Promotion Coordinator Marcy Boulet

by Marcy Boulet

Marcy helps connect people so communities can experience better social health.


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