Emergency Food Network by the Numbers

Counting dollars and cents so no person goes hungry.


Overall, 99% of visitors to food banks fall below the national poverty line. 

In 2014, more than 118,000 visits were made each month to food banks in Pierce County. Of these visits, 35 percent were children under the age of 18, and 19 percent were seniors over the age of 55. Together, this means more than half of visits to food banks are children and seniors.

Overall, more than 1.4 million visits were made during 2014 with an 11 percent increase since 2011. Emergency Food Network aided these visits by distributing more than 15.2 million pounds of food in 2014, providing millions of meals to hungry individuals in Pierce County.

In 2014 Emergency Food Network:

  • Distributed $21.5 million worth of food through its Distribution Center to the food programs it serves
  • Harvested almost 100,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables through its organic farm
  • Repackaged over 1.3 million pounds of food through its Repack Project
  • Collected almost 400,000 pounds of food through food drives

This was all accomplished with a staff of 15, a dedicated corps of 2,594 volunteers, and a low administrative and fundraising overhead under 4 percent.

Every dollar can make a difference to hungry families in our community. For every dollar donated, Emergency Food Network is able to distribute $12 worth of food.

  • $1,000 provides one year’s worth of food for a family of four
  • $500 provides 2,900 meals for children when school lunches are unavailable in the summer
  • $100 provides two months worth of baby formula for infants in need
  • $50 provides three weeks worth of food for a family of four
  • $25 provides 145 meals for children during the summer when school lunches are unavailable

These numbers are what make Emergency Food Network unique. With the help of dedicated staff, volunteers and donors, Emergency Food Network is an agency working hard to provide a reliable food supply so that no person in Pierce County goes hungry.