Unified Grocers hosted their annual Unified Sell-abration Pacific Northwest – a private selling show showcasing quality food and products available to their customers, suppliers, and brokers. The event was held on February 17 and 18 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. This year, vendors were given the opportunity to donate products left over at the end of the event to help people in need. Emergency Food Network, with the help of twenty volunteers, filled an entire semi-trailer and box truck with roughly 43,000 pounds of food and household items.
Families and individuals in need visiting local food banks, meal sites, and shelters these next few weeks will be eating quality meats, produce, dairy, and packaged foods including: chicken, steak, lamb, gourmet cheeses, yogurt, tomatoes, pineapple, oranges, quinoa, rice and more! They will also receive household goods including, pots, pans, cleaning supplies, makeup, shampoo, as well as other toiletries.
“We are so grateful to receive such a wonderful donation,” said Helen McGovern-Pilant, Executive Director of Emergency Food Network. “We rely on donations from our community to help us provide food for hungry children, adults, and seniors throughout the year.”
This donation will add to the 1.3 million pounds of food Emergency Food Network distributes each month to 70 partner food programs in Pierce County.
To learn more about Emergency Food Network, volunteering, or to how to host a food drive, visit www.efoodnet.org or call (253) 584-1040.
About Emergency Food Network
The mission of Emergency Food Network is “to provide Pierce County with a consistent, diverse and nutritious food supply so that no person goes hungry.” EFN provides 16 million pounds of food annually to 70 food banks, shelters, and hot meal sites in Pierce County. EFN is the primary distributor of emergency food in the county, distributing $12 worth of food for every $1 donated. http://www.efoodnet.org
About Unified Grocers, Inc.
Founded in 1922, Unified Grocers is a retailer-owned wholesale grocery distributor that supplies independent retailers throughout the western United States. Unified, which generated approximately $4.1 billion in sales during fiscal 2015, offers independent retailers all the resources they need to compete in the supermarket industry. http://www.unifiedgrocers.com