Maximizing Value with Fewer Resources


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EFN is the primary distributor to 67 emergency food sites in Pierce County. EFN staff is continually on the lookout for ways to improve their systems and maximize the amount of food they can provide. By working with numerous community partners, volunteers, and donors EFN is currently able to provide $12 worth of food for every $1 donated.

  • Through EFN’s new Movit program, trucking companies are now donating drivers and fuel to pick up donated loads of food and deliver them to EFN. Each delivery can bring in up to 42,000 pounds of potatoes, onions, apples, or other items. In addition, EFN receives multiple donated truckloads of produce each month from regional farms. These donations save EFN roughly $700 each haul (cost of driver and fuel).
  • EFN collaborates with Northwest Harvest to purchase staple items in bulk. The food programs in our network depend on items such as ground meat, dairy, oats, rice, canned vegetables and stews to provide a consistent, healthy supply of food to their clients.
  • In 2013, 1,966 volunteers gave 20,949 hours of their time to EFN. Their time is worth an estimated $463,810.
  • To minimize food waste, EFN donates food from damaged cans and ripped boxes that are unable to be distributed for human consumption to local pig farmers.
  • Lemay, Inc. donates their time and resources to provide EFN with free recycling and garbage pick-up, saving EFN $8,000 each per year.
  • Rather than purchasing new office supplies, EFN staff uses mostly donated office supplies which include everything from desks and chairs to staplers and pens. This is one of many factors contributing to EFN’s administrative costs being less than 4% of their annual budget.