Registration is Open for the Hunger Walk & 5K Run!

May 5, 2018 at Fort Steilacoom Park

Does a stroll through the park sound like a great way to spend your Saturday morning? At the Hunger Walk & 5K Run you can enjoy a morning of beautiful lake views and help your neighbors in need at the same time!

Register today to secure your spot and start your fundraising efforts!

Can’t make it to the event that day? You can still participate! Register as a Virtual Walker to receive your very own online fundraising page!


View the full issue of The Feed: February 2018.

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Food for Thought: More Dairy

 

A Message from EFN’s Executive Director

 

What do we already know about 2018? Our 71 partner programs are “over the moon” that we added dairy to our purchased program in October of 2017.

At the end of each year we send a survey to our partners asking several questions. The questions include, “Did you run out of food?”, “What more can EFN do?”, “Anything you would like to share?” Over and over they stated how appreciative they were that we added half gallons of 2% milk to our purchased program. Along with the hundreds and hundreds of pounds of rice, beans, oats, canned fruit, canned vegetable, and frozen protein we are purchasing to distribute for free, we added milk.

Milk is a highly regulated commodity and very seldom available to be donated from grocery stores or processors. We are currently buying and distributing 7,000 gallons of milk each month. The price for that changes daily, however the cost is approximately $9,700 each month. A large number to add to a budget. The alternative is to consider saying to a child or their parents – there is no milk.

We also added the opportunity for donors to join our Supper Club and commit to give monthly contributions. Monthly donors have already pledged $60,000 annually to EFN. Won’t you consider joining the Supper Club? Our goal for 2018 is to fund our added dairy purchases through new revenue. Next could be yogurt, or cottage cheese, or…

Gratefully,

Helen McGovern-Pilant
Executive Director

Help us provide more dairy to our neighbors by joining the Supper Club today!

 


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Partner Program of the Quarter: Oct – Dec 2017

Nourish/EFN Mobile Food Bank

 

For the past 6 years, the Nourish/EFN Mobile Food Bank has distributed food directly to areas in Pierce County where accessing food by our neighbors in need has been a challenge. These are areas where a food pantry did not exist previously or where physical barriers, such as I-5, prevent easy access to a food pantry. The Mobile Food Bank is now serving 10 of these locations, 5 days-a-week (2 sites each day). In 2017, the Mobile served more than a half million meals to our neighbors in need.

While Nourish owns and operates the Mobile Food Bank, EFN keeps the truck and trailer on site where it is cleaned and stocked each day. Durk Gunderson, the Nourish/EFN Mobile Food Bank Manager, takes the truck and trailer to each site where he sets up, meets and works with volunteers, and oversees the Mobile Food Bank operations. Shelves line each side of the trailer where guests enter through the side, check in with a volunteer, and walk down the center aisle with another volunteer and a grocery cart to select food that is best suited for their families.

Close to 300 volunteers helped at the Mobile Food Bank in 2017. “Many of the Mobile Food Bank sites have the same group of volunteers who come in every week, which is wonderful as this gives volunteers the chance to get to know the food bank guests,” Merrit Reed, EFN’s Coordinator of Volunteer Activities, said. “It can be hard enough to go to a food bank but when you have a friend who’s there to greet and help you, it can make it so much easier.”

We look forward to continuing to serve our neighbors in need through our partnership with Nourish in 2018!


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Even More Bowls Sold

This year Emergency Food Network tried something new, our very own Pop-Up Bowl Boutique! For two hours on Saturday, December 16, EFN opened its warehouse doors to let community members come in and buy last minute bowls for 2017. Over 120 bowls were sold and the event raised more than $1,600! This brings our Empty Bowls total to $36,694 for 2017!

Thank you to everyone who participated in Empty Bowls!


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Volunteers of the Quarter: Oct – Dec 2017

We are thrilled to bring in the New Year by highlighting two exceptional groups that have gone above-and-beyond in their volunteer service!

  

Gordon Thomas Honeywell

 

There are numerous ways to get involved at EFN and Gordon Thomas Honeywell (GTH) has done it all! Employees from GTH have served on our Board of Directors since 2009 and our Ambassador Board since 2013. They have repacked 13,545 pounds of food since 2014 and donated more than 8,000 pounds of food from their office food drive. (Not to mention they have sponsored EFN events since 2002 and regularly make donations from their office jeans days!).

“We have a history of community engagement going back for more than 120 years,” it states on the GTH website. “We expect our lawyers to be active in our community and they are community all-stars in a variety of arenas.” This is followed by a list of more than 60 local non-profits, schools, and organizations that GTH supports…we are absolutely honored to be on that list!

Thank you to everyone at GTH for your years of service helping our neighbors in need.

 

Stop Poverty Foundation

 

Stop Poverty Foundation approached us last summer with an interest in volunteering at EFN once a week. Every week since then they have rotated a group of volunteers between the various positions reserved for them.

They lend a hand at the Repack Project repacking oats and beans, they serve food to Mobile Food Bank guests at two different sites, and during the growing season they helped pull weeds at our Mother Earth Farm. They come with smiling faces, a willingness to work hard, and are ready to help our neighbors in need regardless of the task. And they’ve signed up again to volunteer every week in 2018!

Thank you Stop Poverty Foundation for your weekly dedication so that no one goes hungry.


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