More than 44,000 of the visitors to Pierce County food banks are infants and children under the age of three who have no control over the nourishment they receive. Unable to make these choices, they may begin their lives without the most basic of building blocks …nutritious food.
Approximately 95 percent of the food distributed at EFN is the result of in-kind food donations. Because infant formula, baby food, and diapers are rarely donated on food drives or found in reclamation donations from the for-profit industry, EFN and Pierce County’s emergency food system have underserved this portion of the population. In 2005, EFN purchased approximately 2,500 cans of infant formula. This number breaks down to supply approximately 10 days worth of formula to only 5.8% of the infant visiting food banks.
While many infants receive nutrition through breastfeeding or supplemental formula and foods provided by the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program, a gap still exists in the emergency food system’s ability to meet the food and nutrition needs of the infants in need in our community.
Through the Infant Initiative started in 2006, EFN will work to see that NO ONE in Pierce County goes hungry. By collaborating with other local infant focus agencies and calling on our supporters to help this cause, EFN has vowed to significantly increase the amount of money available for purchase of infant items.
To support the Infant Initiative:
By phone: Call (253) 584-1040 to charge by phone
By mail: Mail your donation to: 3318 92nd St. S., Lakewood, WA 98499
Online: Click Here