Ground Breaking Social @ Emergency Food Network
May 5 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us for refreshments and snacks as we break ground on the new land purchased during EFN’s Capaicty Building Campaign, celebrate the milestones we have already reached, and unveil plans for the future!

Farm Season Kickoff @ EFN's Mother Earth Farm
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us as we kick off the growing season at Emergency Food Network’s Mother Earth Farm. Stop by for a tour of our 8-acre organic farm and family friendly activities! Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

No registration is needed for this event.

GiveBIG to EFN!
May 10 all-day

Make a donation to Emergency Food Network on GiveBIG day! Join thousands of others in donating during this annual one-day online giving event in the Greater Seattle area.

Your donations to Emergency Food Network will help provide food for our neighbors in need throughout Pierce County.

No need to wait until May 10. Starting April 27 you can schedule your donation in advance to be processed on Many 10!


Letter Carriers’ Food Drive @ Your Mailbox!
May 13 all-day

How does the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive work in Pierce County?

  1. Leave a bag of non-perishable food at your mailbox on May 13.
  2. Your postal carrier or a volunteer will pick it up.
  3. EFN distributes the food to our neighbors in need in Pierce County.

Other ways to help:

  • Volunteer with your local Post Office branch on the day of the event to help pick up food and unload it (contact to learn more).
  • Remind the community about the Letter Carriers Food Drive by posting about it on your company or church reader board, newsletter, or bulletin board. We also have posters available you can hang up!
Letter Carriers Food Drive: Driving Teams @ Post Office Branches in Tacoma, Lakewood, and Fife
May 13 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

TSOHhis year marks the 25th Annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive! For Emergency Food Network, this single day is one of the most important food drives of the year. We receive close to 300,000 pounds of food, enough to stock Pierce County food bank shelves through the summer.

To help make this day a success, our friends at the United States Post Office need our help! Volunteer Driving Teams are needed to help pick food up in the community (teams need a personal vehicle and a group of 2 – 4 volunteers; route maps and safety identification vests are provided).

Post Office Branch locations and number of teams needed:

  • Fife (5 driving teams)
  • Central Tacoma (10 driving teams)
  • University Place (10 driving teams)
  • Lakewood (2 driving teams)Filled!
  • Lincoln (2 driving teams)
  • Parkland (5 driving teams)Filled!
  • Proctor (1 driving team)Filled!

To register your team, please email Merrit Reed (EFN’s Coordinator of Volunteer Activities) at or call (253) 584-1040.

Volunteer at the Hunger Walk & 5K Run! @ Fort Steilacoom Park
May 20 @ 7:00 am – 12:00 pm






More than 100 volunteer positions are available at this year’s Hunger Walk & 5K Run! On Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20 volunteers are needed to help with everything from setting up the route to cheering runners on. Positions are available for individuals, groups, and youth ages 9 and up! 

To learn more check out the volunteer descriptions and schedule here!

To register, please contact Merrit Reed (EFN’s Coordinator of Volunteer Activities) at (253) 584-1040 or at

Hunger Walk & 5K Run @ Fort Steilacoom Park
May 20 @ 7:30 am – 11:00 am

The 37th annual Hunger Walk & 5K Run is one of the oldest hunger fundraisers in Pierce County. This year for the first time we are adding a timed 5K run to the event! Walk through the trees and around a beautiful lake or run in the timed 5K. Funds raised at this annual event at Fort Steilacoom Park help Emergency Food Network provide food for our neighbors in need.




Event Schedule
7:30 am – Registration/Check-in (Shirt and Bib Pick-up)
9:00 am – Run
9:05 am – Walk

Individuals – Price Per Person
5K Run: $30
Adult Walk: $25
Child Walk: $15

Teams – Price Per Person
5K Run: $25
Adult Walk: $20
Child Walk: $15

Thank you to our generous event sponsors!


Commencement Bank
Coordinated Care
Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala
Whole Foods Market Chambers Bay
Zack Rosenbloom & Associates