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.

The Feed: December 2015 eNews

Click here to view the full issue of The Feed: December 2015 eNews

In this issue: Thankful, Mother Earth Farm, Ambassador Board, Home Team Harvest, Empty Bowls,Volunteers of the Month, Foundation Support, Food Drives

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