Bates and Nourish Pierce County Mobile Food Bank Partnership

Bates and Nourish Pierce County Mobile Food Bank Partnership


Nourish Pierce County has been great for us. We are not at the highest of income. This helps us out every week we get to make you know, two three meals, which is actually what I bring to school every day. Nourish has two mobile food banks They are a new innovative way for us to deliver food to our neighbors in need very efficiently and nimbly all throughout the county. It is basically a grocery store on wheels. You can come in grab what you want for your family. They get a shopping cart and they pick the items that they and their family will enjoy. Just like you go into any grocery store. You don’t have a group of people saying, “This week, we think you need beans. This week, we think you need bread.” That’s not for us to decide. I love the fact that it is open to students. It’s open to the community it’s open to staff and It really does it in a way that invites people to come in and not be scared and ashamed of admitting that they have some food insecurity. Money’s tight. Being able to come in here once a week grab something I can make three four meals out of it’s a little bit of a stress reliever. Community colleges are growing in their student populations and that food insecurity has been a common thread a big problem. It’s a larger issue than colleges and administrators realize so that was a big call to action for us It helps out so much You know I’m not spending 50 bucks at a you know grocery store and I can actually feed my family and hold up that 50 bucks or Rainy day, if I have no gas or pop tire or something like that. So it’s really nice to have. Once people see that it’s okay to come in and say I need eggs I need bread. I need this That’s what we’re trying to do is provide a service That’s why we partnered with Bates and other community colleges and the Emergency Food Network in order to make sure we could get a mobile out to all the community colleges as Pierce County. Food and the need for food and nourishment is everybody’s right. And I think everybody can play a role and take some responsibility in that and that’s what we’re trying to do here we realized that there was a big gap in service to the students who need it the most students, who are doing everything they can to go to college to better themselves to have good family wage jobs, But they didn’t have enough food. And as we all know, you have to have the fuel in order to think and learn. So we’re very proud and very happy to be at Bates.

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