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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Be an Ambassador Board Member for EFN

Make this the year that you do something different, get more involved, and have an impact in your community. You can do all these things just by joining Emergency Food Network’s Ambassador Board.

If you are interested please contact Andrea Tull-Davis at ATULL@coordinatedcarehealth.com.


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Join the Supper Club!

Is supporting a nonprofit one of your New Year’s Resolutions? If so, joining the EFN Supper Club is an easy way to follow through on a resolution and help ensure that no person goes hungry in Pierce County.

The Supper Club is EFN’s monthly giving program that makes it easy to support our work all year long. Instead of giving $100 all at once, consider giving $25 a month. By giving in smaller increments over the course of a year, you will help us distribute even more meals! Supper Club members receive exclusive volunteer opportunities and quarterly emails to highlight the work they make possible.

So instead of signing up for a gym membership you’ll only use a few times, join the EFN Supper Club. Your card will automatically be charged each month so you don’t have to worry about remembering to make your donation.

Have questions about monthly giving? Contact Claire Grubb at 253-584-1040 or claire@efoodnet.org.


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