Volunteers of the Quarter

While Emergency Food Network appreciates all of our dedicated volunteers year-round, every quarter starting in 2017 we will pick an individual volunteer and a group of volunteers who have provided exemplary service and are an inspiration to others. At the end of the year, these volunteers will be recognized at our annual Recognition Breakfast.

Do you volunteer at EFN? Have you worked with another EFN volunteer that you would like to nominate for Volunteer of the Quarter? If so, please contact EFN’s Coordinator of Volunteer Activities at (252) 584-1040 or volunteer@efoodnet.org.

October – December 2017

Volunteer Group of the Quarter #1

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.

Volunteer Group of the Quarter #2

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.

*Stop Poverty Foundation is pictured with Fred Meyer volunteers.*

July – September 2017

Individual Volunteer of the Quarter

Every year Emergency Food Network hosts one of our most popular events, Empty Bowls. This event would not be possible without the support of local artists.

Jenifer Davis is one of those amazing local artists. She spends countless hours creating bowls, organizing other artists, and helping spread the word about how to get involved. Not only does Jen do all of this, but she also has created a ceramic studio in her house to encourage other artist to come and make bowls for the event! We are so beyond lucky to have such a wonderful and dedicated volunteer supporting our mission!

When we asked Jen what volunteering at EFN meant to her, she said, “Volunteering at EFN means giving back in a way I am able to. I can’t write a check for $1,000 but I can make 100 bowls for the Empty Bowls event in November and sometimes maybe even more!”

We are so grateful for Jen and everything she does for EFN. It is because of amazing volunteers like her that we are able to continue to serve our neighbors in need!

Volunteer Group of the Quarter

Fred Meyer volunteers have repacked, sorted, and organized food drives for Emergency Food Network for years.

Just this year, Fred Meyer crews from the South Hill location have tallied 190 hours of service to the community at EFN so far by fielding 53 volunteers at four events. Their work at repacking weighs in at 77,490 pounds of food for food pantries, shelters and meal sites around Pierce County. That volume is 35.5 tons of food, or 57,192 meals.

Fred Meyer’s Donna King said that volunteering at EFN is an extension of the family spirit the store has that extends to the surrounding community.

“It has always been a no-brainer for the people in my store to give back to the community,” she said.

April – June 2017

Individual Volunteer of the Quarter

Steve Thompson has dedicated 257 hours to EFN since 2013, and most likely even more time that hasn’t been captured. Besides volunteering for monthly Repack Projects, holding food drives at the Fircrest Fred Meyer, and helping to build shelves for EFN’s storage facility, he has also started lending a hand loading the Nourish/EFN Mobile Food Bank with food for each site.

All of this Steve does with such genuine care and never for any acknowledgement. When Steve first began volunteering with EFN he said that his goal was to put us out of business as that would mean everyone in Pierce County has food. Every day that Steve comes in to volunteer he works harder to make that a reality.

Steve, thank you from all of us, for everything you do!

Volunteer Group of the Quarter

Port of Tacoma has already participated in three Repack Projects so far, and are scheduled for four more this year. EFN’s Repack Coordinator, Kevin, says he always looks forward to working with them because they work hard and make the Repack fun!

Over the past 2 years they have repacked 91,367 pounds of food. This is equivalent to more than 73,000 meals provided to individuals and families. They have also held food drives the past 3 years during the Apple Cup as a way to create a competition between Cougar and Husky fans and bring in more food donations! This has worked so well that they have donated a total of $325 and 3,260 pounds of food to EFN. Port of Tacoma has certainly proven to be a dedicated volunteer group and we appreciate all that they do to feed Pierce County.

January – March 2017

Individual Volunteer of the Quarter

To say that Andrea Davis was a passionate supporter of EFN would be an understatement. She has participated in every volunteer opportunity that EFN offers from our Mother Earth Farm, to our Repack Project, to events like Empty Bowls, and more. She is pictured here at our Spring Break Bags event where she even recruited her co-workers from Coordinated Care.

Over the last two years, the majority of her time has been spent volunteering as the Chair of EFN’s Ambassador Board. During this time Andrea has facilitated in raising over $25,000 at EFN’s Casino Royale event! Her enthusiasm for the event and for food insecurity issues in Pierce County is inspiring and it is safe to say that if you meet Andrea you are bound to hear why you should get involved and support EFN!

EFN is beyond grateful to have such an amazing advocate and partner in the community! Andrea, we really want to say a big THANK YOU!

Volunteer Group of the Quarter

BNY Mellon has been volunteering at the Repack Project since 2014 and are already scheduled for 3 more this year. Our Repack Coordinator, Kevin, says “BNY Mellon is always a fun and highly motivated group to work with!”

Over the past 3 years they have repacked 71,530 lbs. worth of food. This is equivalent to more than 55,000 meals provided to individuals and families in Pierce County. BNY Mellon has also held food drives each October for the past 2 years, donating an additional 240 meals.

What an outstanding group! Thank you BNY Mellon, for all that you do to relieve hunger in our community! We look forward to our continued partnership in 2017.

Interested in volunteering? Check out our volunteer calendar!

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