Emergency Food Network Partners with Groupon Grassroots for Nourish the Needy Initiative

Emergency Food Network, located in Pierce County, Washington, and Groupon Grassroots, the philanthropic arm of Groupon, announces the launch of a local campaign to provide nutritious, quality food to Pierce County residents experiencing hunger. For every $14 that is donated, EFN will provide 81 meals to people experiencing food insecurity. This is the equivalent of almost one full week of breakfast, lunch and dinner for a family of four.

The Nourish the Needy Campaign will be available on the Seattle/Tacoma Groupon Grassroots page beginning on July 2, and running through July 8. Utilizing Groupon Grassroots’ collective action model, Groupon subscribers can pledge support for the Nourish the Needy Campaign in increments of $14, with each $14 providing 81 meals to people experiencing food insecurity.

In 2011, total visits to food banks reached a record high of 1,285,903. Many low-income families have little food in their cupboards and on their tables and have turned to emergency food programs to fill the gap in their available food resources. The Nourish the Needy Campaign, in partnership with Groupon Grassroots, will aid in ensuring that no child, adult, or senior in Pierce County is forced to go to school, to work, or to bed hungry.

“We are excited to employ the collective action model of Groupon Grassroots to raise support for people experiencing food insecurity,” said Jeff Klein, Development Director. “We look forward to creating more awareness of hunger needs in Washington as one of the local nonprofits to be featured on Groupon Grassroots.”

One hundred percent of the Groupon Grassroots campaign proceeds will be used to provide meals to people experiencing food insecurity.

EFN provides emergency food at no cost to 67 food banks, hot meal sights and shelters in Pierce County, WA.  In 2011, EFN distributed 13.1 million pounds of food.  With the support from 2,100 volunteers, relationships with Northwest Harvest and food distributors around the country, EFN is able to distribute $12 dollars of food for every $1 dollar donated. EFN is leading the effort to reduce food insecurity in our community by fostering a system of generosity that addresses the challenge of fighting hunger.

To learn more about EFN visit www.efoodnet.org or call (253) 584-1040.