EFN Announces New Deputy Director

Emergency Food Network is proud to announce that Michelle Douglas is their new Deputy Director. 

Douglas brings sixteen years of leadership experience with her to the position. She most recently served as Executive Director at the Rainbow Center in Tacoma and also served as Operations Manager at the Center for Dialogue and Resolution.

In addition to her leadership experience, Douglas also has an extensive background in the food industry, including catering, hospitality, and service. Her longtime desire to provide food for people and her commitment to making a difference in the community makes her a perfect addition to help Emergency Food Network fulfill their mission “to provide Pierce County with a consistent, diverse, and nutritious food supply so that no person goes hungry.”

“I have a deep passion for feeding people, a commitment to exploring ways of eradicating hunger, and a drive to engage communities and systems in the work of finding solutions,” said Douglas. “Emergency Food Network has demonstrated again and again its commitment to alleviating hunger in many ways. I hope to bring new perspective and innovative ideas to the organization.”

Under the leadership of Emergency Food Network’s Executive Director, Helen McGovern-Pilant, Douglas will advance the organization’s Development and Communications departments.

“We are thrilled to have Michelle Douglas on the Emergency Food Network team,” said McGovern-Pilant. “She brings a wealth of experience and passion to EFN that will help lead our organization to the next level.”


7th Annual Fallen Officers Food Drive

On November 29th from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. we will have a pull up donation station at the Lakewood Police Station with Officers, city staff, and community members available to accept your donations. Please join us in honoring the memories of our fallen officers and helping those in need.

Lakewood, WA. November 21, 2016:

On November 29, 2009, the Lakewood Police Department and the entire Pierce County Region suffered an incredible loss when 4 of our Officers were murdered in a near-by coffee shop. Every year since we have held a food drive in their honor to benefit the Emergency Food Network of Pierce County.

In the past six years combined we have collected a total of $138,000 and 135,000 pounds of food. Our goal for the 7th anniversary is to add enough to those totals to reach $150,000 and 150,000 pounds of food.  You can help us reach our goal by donating money (cash or checks made out to Emergency Food Network) or your non-perishable food items during the week of November 28th through December 2nd at the Lakewood Police Station or Lakewood City Hall.

Largest gift in EFN’s history given by Employees Community Fund of Boeing to build new storage facility

More food will be available for Pierce County residents in need thanks to a record-breaking donation from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound.

The $320,000 grant is the largest gift received in Emergency Food Network’s history. It will fully fund a new 2,500 square-foot storage facility, which will be built in 2017 adjacent to their 20,000 square-foot warehouse. The new facility will have the capacity to hold an additional 140,000 pounds of food at a time, greatly expanding Emergency Food Network’s ability to collect, store, and distribute food.

“We are extremely grateful for the support from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing and their commitment to serving the needs of the hungry in our community,” said Helen McGovern-Pilant, Executive Director of Emergency Food Network. “With this expansion, we will be able to store and distribute more than 24 additional semi-trucks full of food each year.”

Emergency Food Network provides food to 70 food banks, meal sites, and shelters in Pierce County. Last year these food programs responded to 1.4 million visits from Pierce County residents in need. Emergency Food Network provided more than 16 million pounds of food last year to ensure that each time a community member walks into a food program with nothing, they walk out with enough food for nine meals.

The new storage facility will allow Emergency Food Network to seek out new sources of nutritious food, resulting in more food for the community in need.

For more information about Emergency Food Network and its mission “to provide Pierce County with a consistent, diverse and nutritious food supply so that no person goes hungry,” visit www.efoodnet.org.



About the Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound
The Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound, known as ECF, is an employee-owned and managed charitable giving program. Since 1951, generous Boeing employees have contributed over $600,000,000 to local Puget Sound nonprofits. ECF grants enable local Health & Human Service agencies to purchase much-needed equipment, renovate their facilities and build new construction that directly benefit their clients. Over the years, the Employees Community Fund has funded $555,575 in direct grants to Emergency Food Network.

Empty Bowls Event Fills Bowls of Neighbors in Need

The line starts forming an hour before the doors open. That’s when the search for the “best” bowls begins. Preference, of course, is relative. One person might grab a bowl donated by Throwing Mud Gallery, and another person chooses a bowl made and donated by a local artist at the Washington State Fair. Once selections are made and paid for, with all proceeds going to Emergency Food Network (EFN), attendees make their way to eat free soup, donated and served by Chambers Bay Grill, Indo Asian Street Eatery, Infinite Soups, Pacific Grill, Spring Lake Café, Stanley and Seaforts, The Swiss, and X-Group Restaurants.

It’s an annual tradition enjoyed by more than 500 people each year. Almost 1,500 bowls are purchased for the home or for holiday gifts, and more than 700 bowls of soup are consumed over two and a half hours. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Charles Wright Academy from 1:00pm-3:30pm. Admission is FREE. Bowl prices start at $10.

Empty Bowls began as a grassroots project for local artists and community members to work together to assist people suffering from hunger. The event now spans to twelve countries and many states across the U.S., generating millions of dollars for various hunger relief agencies. For the last 17 years, EFN has hosted Empty Bowls in Pierce County, highlighting works from talented veteran artists and new local talent. In 2015, EFN raised over $35,000 from Empty Bowls. This is the equivalent of 203,225 meals for food-insecure Pierce County residents.

In 2015, EFN distributed 16 million pounds of food to more than 70 area food banks, meal sites, and shelters. EFN made it possible for our partner food programs to accommodate 1.4 million total visits in Pierce County. To assist in meeting this need, EFN relies on fundraising events like Empty Bowls.

The continued success of Empty Bowls is due to the overwhelming community support from artists who donate the bowls, volunteers who set up and help run the event, local restaurants that donate soup, and the 500-plus community members who attend the event.

For more information, visit www.efoodnet.org and click on the events page, call 253-584-1040, or email info@efoodnet.org.

Abundance of Generosity at Dinner and Auction

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Two million meals will be provided for neighbors in need thanks to the generosity of community members who attended the Abundance Dinner and Auction.

Emergency Food Network’s annual charity event hosted more than 400 people at the Clover Park Technical College McGavick Center on October 22. Attendees arrived at the event with non-perishable food donations and by the end of the evening had raised more than $378,000 to provide food for hungry families and individuals throughout the community. For every dollar donated, EFN can distribute $12 worth of food. In a span of 10 minutes during the live auction, people in the room raised their bid paddles to donate more than $175,000.

“The concern for our neighbors in need shown that night was absolutely amazing.” said Helen McGovern-Pilant, Executive Director of Emergency Food Network. “Every year when I see bid cards flying up, I get chills while adding in my head how many hungry people we will get to feed as a result. Everyone at Abundance so generously ensured that we are able to provide healthy, nutritious food for our neighbors in need in Pierce County.”

The evening began with a silent auction, and moved on to dinner, a live auction, and presentations about hunger in Pierce County. Kevin Glackin-Coley, Director of St. Leo Food Connection spoke about the partnerships between Emergency Food Network and the 70 food programs they serve. Emergency Food Network provides roughly 75% of the food the food banks, meal sites, and shelters distribute to the community.

Guests enjoyed a video demonstrating the true scope of Pierce County’s need, which has grown to 1.4 million visits to food programs in 2015, a breakdown of 116,000 visits each month. EFN meets this need by distributing 16 million pounds of food annually. The auction total accounts for 15% of the operating budget.

With the support from guests during the silent auction, live auction, raffle, as well as support from dozens of sponsors, including the event’s Presenting Sponsors, Waste Connection and the Franciscan Foundation, Emergency Food Network’s Abundance Dinner and Auction broke its record raising $63,000 more than last year’s event.

For more information about Emergency Food Network and its mission “to provide Pierce County with a consistent, diverse and nutritious food supply so that no person goes hungry,” visit www.efoodnet.org.