Local Businesses, Organizations, Individuals Honored for Helping Neighbors In Need

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On Wednesday, April 13, Emergency Food Network (EFN) hosted their annual Recognition Breakfast at Historic 1625 to recognize important partners in Pierce County’s effort to fight food insecurity.

The David P. Ottey Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Toby Murray of Murray Pacific Corporation by past EFN Executive Director, David Ottey. Toby Murray was a past EFN Board Member from 2001-2006 and lead as the Board of Directors Chair for the last four years of his membership on the board. He continues to be actively involved in relieving hunger in the community by supporting EFN as well as participating in the annual Pierce County Hunger Walk each year, raising more than $212,000 since the start of his participation.

EFN also honored this year’s recipients of the 2016 Silver Spoon Awards, recognizing individuals, businesses, and organizations who have made a substantial impact on ending food insecurity in our region. By helping EFN with its mission “to provide Pierce County with a consistent, diverse and nutritious food supply so that no person goes hungry,” recipients of this award model a commitment to giving their time and resources to meet a critical need. This year’s winners are: Sydney Boyle, Scot and Dori Savary, DaVita, Gordon Thomas Honeywell, LLP, Gottfried and Mary Fuchs Foundation, Peninsula Community Foundation Food Backpacks 4 Kids, United Natural Foods, Inc., and Whole Foods Market Chambers Bay.

Awards were also given to companies and organizations that qualified as Corporate or Civic Partners in 2015. Corporate and Civic Partners have a special tie to EFN. They engage in efforts to fight hunger and receive distinction for their work each year for their efforts. Corporate and Civic Partners recognized at the breakfast include: Alaska Airlines, Associated Ministries, Bank of America, Boeing Company, Brown & Brown Insurance, Chuckals, Inc., Columbia Bank, DaVita, Financial Insights, Fircrest United Methodist Church, CHI Franciscan Health System, Golden State Foods, Gordon Thomas Honeywell, LLP, IBEW Local 483, Interstate Distributor Co., KeyBank, LaborWorks, Inc., LeMay Pierce County Refuse, MultiCare Health System ,Murray Pacific Corporation, Opus Bank, Panattoni Development, Rotary Clubs of Pierce County, Snuffin’s Catering, Tacoma Public Utilities, Teamsters Local Union No. 117, TOTE Maritime Alaska, Transportation Club of Tacoma, UFCW Local 21, United Way of Pierce County, University of Puget Sound, Weyerhaeuser Company, Whole Foods Market Chambers Bay, Zack Rosenbloom & Associates, P.C.

During the event, EFN also announced their $2 million Capacity Building Campaign. EFN has been consistently successful in serving the community by providing nourishing food with a 76% increase in the pounds of food distributed since 2008. The need continues to grow and is projected to continue at a 10% increase each year. With EFN’s current warehouse and footprint, they can no longer accommodate this rate of growth. The Capacity Building Campaign will result in more space for food, the ability to pick up and deliver more food, a greater connection with the community, neighbors and partners in meeting their mission, and funds for the future to ensure sustained growth. EFN has already raised $1.6 million toward the campaign.

To learn more about EFN, the Capacity Building Campaign, or other ways to get involved visit www.efoodnet.org or call (253) 584-1040.


Draft Horses and Antique Tractors to Plow Fields at Mother Earth Farm

Spring has sprung at Emergency Food Network’s Mother Earth Farm and it’s time to prepare the soil for planting. What better way to do this than the old fashioned way – with draft horses and antique tractors!

On Saturday, April 2, attendees of EFN’s annual Draft Horse Plow event will turn back time to the earlier days of farming at EFN’s Mother Earth Farm (15208 102nd St E, Puyallup 98374). Come see skilled horse drivers guide their beautiful animals through the soil and watch the antique tractors in action as they plow the fields in preparation for growing 100,000 pounds of organic produce for our neighbors in need.

This FREE event is fun for all ages! Come anytime on April 2, between 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. The horse teams and antique tractors will be plowing throughout the day. Attendees are encouraged to check EFN’s website for updates to this event as it could be cancelled due to inclement weather. The teams of draft horses are unable to plow the fields in muddy conditions.

Emergency Food Network operates the 8-acre organic Mother Earth Farm, managed by Anika Moran. This event is a truly unique opportunity to see community supported sustainable agriculture at its best. Mother Earth Farm grows more than 40 varieties of vegetables, as well as fruit trees. Bees are kept on site to pollinate, and their honey is collected for distribution as well. Vegetables and fruit grown at Mother Earth Farm are harvested and given fresh to food programs around Pierce County, often on the same day that it is harvested.

An average of 118,000 children, seniors, and adults visit feeding programs in Pierce County each month. In 2015, Emergency Food Network provided 16 million pounds of food to 70 food banks, meal sites, and shelters throughout Pierce County.

For more information about Emergency Food Network, Mother Earth Farm, and other events visit www.efoodnet.org.


43,000 Pounds of Unified Grocers Food and Household Items Donated to Emergency Food Network

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Unified Grocers hosted their annual Unified Sell-abration Pacific Northwest – a private selling show showcasing quality food and products available to their customers, suppliers, and brokers. The event was held on February 17 and 18 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. This year, vendors were given the opportunity to donate products left over at the end of the event to help people in need. Emergency Food Network, with the help of twenty volunteers, filled an entire semi-trailer and box truck with roughly 43,000 pounds of food and household items.

Families and individuals in need visiting local food banks, meal sites, and shelters these next few weeks will be eating quality meats, produce, dairy, and packaged foods including: chicken, steak, lamb, gourmet cheeses, yogurt, tomatoes, pineapple, oranges, quinoa, rice and more! They will also receive household goods including, pots, pans, cleaning supplies, makeup, shampoo, as well as other toiletries.

“We are so grateful to receive such a wonderful donation,” said Helen McGovern-Pilant, Executive Director of Emergency Food Network. “We rely on donations from our community to help us provide food for hungry children, adults, and seniors throughout the year.”

This donation will add to the 1.3 million pounds of food Emergency Food Network distributes each month to 70 partner food programs in Pierce County.

To learn more about Emergency Food Network, volunteering, or to how to host a food drive, visit www.efoodnet.org or call (253) 584-1040.


About Emergency Food Network
The mission of Emergency Food Network is “to provide Pierce County with a consistent, diverse and nutritious food supply so that no person goes hungry.” EFN provides 16 million pounds of food annually to 70 food banks, shelters, and hot meal sites in Pierce County. EFN is the primary distributor of emergency food in the county, distributing $12 worth of food for every $1 donated. http://www.efoodnet.org

About Unified Grocers, Inc.
Founded in 1922, Unified Grocers is a retailer-owned wholesale grocery distributor that supplies independent retailers throughout the western United States. Unified, which generated approximately $4.1 billion in sales during fiscal 2015, offers independent retailers all the resources they need to compete in the supermarket industry. http://www.unifiedgrocers.com

EFN Seeks New Office Coordinator

The Emergency Food Network is a nonprofit organization located in Lakewood, Washington that procures and distributes food to 70 partner food banks in Pierce County. We are seeking to find an experienced, self-driven Office Coordinator who excels in customer service and attention to detail while in a fast paced environment.

The Office Coordinator staffs the front desk providing customer service to incoming guests, handles all phone calls and assists the executive director and director of development. The qualified applicant will uphold the friendly and welcoming culture of EFN. The Office Coordinator is responsible for office operations and supplies, daily input and processing of donations, all thank you correspondence to donors, reports income to senior staff, manages event RSVP’s and event data entry and provides communication to the board of directors.

General Qualifications:

  • Self-directed and thrives in a results oriented environment
  • Possess a strong work ethic
  • Demonstrate strong Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, & Internet
  • Preference given to candidates who have experience with Donor Perfect or other donor data base systems
  • Proficient writer and proof reader
  • Able to quickly and accurately process gift entry and adhere to money handling policy and gift acknowledgement standards
  • Attention to detail and adept in the anticipating needs of the team
  • Experience in project management
  • Preferred experience working with volunteers and familiarity with nonprofit organizations
  • Have a passion for service to the community and the mission of Emergency Food Network

40 Hours, M-F, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Hourly position- $15.00hr with benefits

How to apply:
Please email your resume to efnjobs@gmail.com and reference Office Coordinator Applicant

The Transportation Club of Tacoma Contributes $32,353 to Emergency Food Network

TCT Check

The Transportation Club of Tacoma (TCT) made a $32,353 contribution to Emergency Food Network (EFN) at its monthly meeting on Monday, January 11th. The check was presented to Helen McGovern-Pilant, EFN’s Executive Director, and Ken Hess, EFN’s Operations Manager by TCT President Bryan Lovely and TCT Director Lori Kincannon. An additional $3,555 was raised and contributed directly to EFN through TCT’s efforts this year.

Helen McGovern-Pilant said, “We are so grateful for our relationship with the amazing members of the Transportation Club of Tacoma. Over the years as the need in our hunger relief program has grown we have always been able to count on their support.”

TCT began its support of EFN over fifteen years ago by organizing canned food drives at its December General Meetings. This event has grown over the years and includes both a live action and silent auction. Over the past four years, TCT has contributed more than $130,000 directly to EFN.

“We are amazed at the sum we were able to donate to the EFN this year,” stated TCT Director and Chair of the annual event, Lori Kincannon. “Our membership is proud to support this organization and help them accomplish their goals. We know that every dollar raised will be spent to help those in need in our local community.”

Emergency Food Network began as a program in 1982 when the leadership of FISH Food Banks, Tacoma Rescue Mission, Salvation Army, and Associated Ministries recognized a great need in the community to resource emergency food collectively. Originally designed to meet a temporary need caused by the economic recession of the 1980’s, it became apparent in the early 1990’s that the need for such a community service had grown. In response, EFN became an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1991. The Pierce County emergency food system includes 70 food banks and hot meal sites providing over 15 million meals annually to over 1,400,000 clients (duplicated count). In recent years, food programs have experienced an increase in the number of clients seeking services. As the sole nonprofit food distributor located in Pierce County, many food programs are solely dependent on EFN for food.

For more information, visit www.efoodnet.org.

The Transportation Club of Tacoma is a non-profit organization with over 500 members. TCT is made up of transportation professionals as well as people who have an interest in local and global transportation and logistics. Since 1926, the Transportation Club of Tacoma has focused on building bridges within the transportation industry and serving Tacoma/Pierce County communities through its charitable work. Membership encompasses diverse companies – large and small – including: railroads, steamship lines, trucking companies, warehousing and distribution, cold storage, coffee roasters, paper manufacturers, confectioners, freight forwarders, commercial real estate, banking, consulting, and education.

For more information, visit www.transportationcluboftacoma.org.

Mobilizing the Emergency Food System in Pierce County

The most effective way to address issues within a community is to work together. That is exactly what happened when Emergency Food Network and other community leaders met with United Way of Pierce County in early 2015. By engaging in dialogue in the same room, we were able to identify the gaps in our food system that could be filled through teamwork. It quickly became clear that sharing resources and collaborating could bring all of Pierce County to a better place.

In June 2015, United Way of Pierce County invested $147,403.35 to help Emergency Food Network purchase three refrigerated vans complete with insurance. So far, these vans have been shared by Emergency Food Network, St. Leo’s Food Connection, and Peninsula Community Foundation to mobilize healthy food around the county. By sharing the vans, each organization is able to meet more transportation and food preservation needs without incurring the entire cost of one of these vans on its own.Refrigerated Van

Drop-off Sites in Key Peninsula
On Key Peninsula, public transportation and car ownership are hard to come by and it is hard for many community members to travel to a centralized location to pick up food. The refrigerated van helps Peninsula Community Foundation bring healthy food to the people in need. Without the refrigerated van, transporting healthy and fresh foods would not be possible.

Saving Time, Money, and the Environment
Emergency Food Network picks up semi-trucks full of staple foods on a weekly basis. However, it is not always easy and practical to pick up smaller loads of food using a semi-truck. By using the refrigerated vans, EFN is able to increase the amount of donated perishable food we pick up, save money on gas and reduce the impact on the environment.

Summer Meals
Thousands of children in Pierce County rely on free or reduce price lunches at school every day. However, when school is out for summer break St. Leo’s Food Connection steps in to fill the gap, providing summer meals to children in need. During the rest of the year, they use the van as part of their mobile food bank transporting fresh foods in a safe manner.

Filling Stomachs, Not Landfills
With the purchase of the refrigerated vans, Emergency Food Network has also been able to design a program in partnership with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department to rescue prepared foods from businesses and institutions and deliver them to hot meal sites around the county. Hospitals, universities, casinos, and other large food preparers tend to throw away excess food that they are not able to serve, contributing to the huge percentage of food waste that gets sent to landfills. Now, EFN is working to pick up this food and deliver to the places where people need it most. Not only is this eliminating food waste, but it is also increasing the amount of food available for hot meal sites to serve.

Thank you to United Way of Pierce County for investing in Pierce County’s emergency food system.