70,000 Pounds of U.S. Open Leftovers donated to Emergency Food Network

History was made at the U.S. Open this year. The usual happened at this annual event—golfers golfed, spectators watched, and the caterers fed the crowds. However, this year something new and exciting happened. For the first time, all the food left over from this event was donated to help people in need. Emergency Food Network filled a refrigerated tractor-trailer and five box trucks with roughly 70,000 pounds of the leftover food.

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Families and individuals in need visiting local food banks and meal sites are now eating the same high-quality food that the U.S. Open attendees and VIP members ate at the event including: tri-tip steak, honey-baked ham, eggs, chicken, fresh produce, milk, and more!

“We are so grateful to receive such a wonderful donation,” said Helen McGovern-Pilant, Executive Director of Emergency Food Network. “This quality food is all current and not even close the expiration date. Everything you would need to run a very upscale corporate kitchen.”

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Ridgewells Catering, based in Maryland, contracts to cater the corporate hospitality efforts of the United States Golf Association. Each year, the company had tried to find places to donate the leftover food after the U.S. Open events, but most food banks can only take some of the items. This year, Emergency Food Network was able to take it all.

Emergency Food Network’s mission is “to provide Pierce County with a consistent, diverse and nutritious food supply so that no person goes hungry.” EFN provides 15.3 million pounds of food annually to 67 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. With the demand at food programs increasing 71% since 2008, EFN’s efficiency and reliability is more important than ever.

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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.

The Feed: May 2015

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In this issue: GiveBIG, Letter Carriers’ Food Drive, Whole Foods Market, Volunteers of the Month

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The Feed: April 2015

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In this issue: The Feed: Draft Horse Plow, Recognition Breakfast, Mother Earth Farm Update, Volunteer Appreciation Week, Volunteer of the Month, Letter Carriers FD

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Draft Horses to Plow fields at Mother Earth Farm

matty_20120407051Spring 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 fashion way – Draft Horses! On Saturday, April 4, four to six teams of draft horses will plow the fields of Mother Earth Farm (15208 102nd St E, Puyallup 98374) in preparation for growing 100,000 pounds of organic produce for our neighbors in need.

This FREE event is fun for the whole family! Come anytime on April 4, between 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. The horse teams will be plowing throughout the day.  Continue reading

New Director of Development and Communications

AmyEmergency Food Network (EFN) welcomes new Director of Development and Communications, Amy Wigstrom. Wigstrom brings 12 years of local nonprofit experience to EFN. She last served as the capital campaign manager for the Foundations of MultiCare.  Wigstrom has held positions with local nonprofits such as the Seattle Opera, Museum of Glass, American Heart Association and Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Wigstrom served as the Director of Performing Arts for the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Sun Valley Idaho as well as taught music and drama in the public school system. She graduated with a music degree from Pacific Lutheran University and is a current MBA student at Brandman University.

Under the leadership and direction of EFN Executive Director, Helen McGovern-Pilant, Wigstrom will advance the organization’s fundraising and communication programs. “I am honored to serve in this capacity for an organization helping to meet such a critical need in our community. The mission of EFN aligns with my personal values and I believe there is great potential for our community to become increasingly engaged in attending to the issues of hunger.” stated Wigstrom. Continue reading

The Feed: January 2015 eNews

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In this issue: Thank You, A Note from EFN’s Mother Earth Farm, New EFN Video, Goodbye Jeff Klein & Canyon Little, Volunteers of the Month

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Empty Bowls Event to Feature Local Potters, Soup, and Hunger Relief

26724869_rPR98V-21The line starts forming an hour before the doors open. That’s when the semi-mad dash begins for the “best” bowls. Preference, of course, is relative. One person might grab a bowl donated by Throwing Mud Gallery, and another person chooses a bowl made and donated by a child at the Washington State Fair. Once selections are made and paid for, with all proceeds going to Emergency Food Network (EFN), attendees make their way to eat free soup, donated by Viva, Pacific Grill, The Swiss, Adriatic Grill, Infinite Soups, X-Group Restaurants, Alina Soups, Puget Sound Family Health and Chambers Bay.

It’s an annual tradition enjoyed by more than 500 people each year. More than 1,500 bowls are purchased for the home or for holiday gifts, and more than 700 bowls of soup are consumed over 2.5 hours. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Charles Wright Academy from 1:00pm-3:30pm. Admission is FREE. Bowl prices start at $10 and go up from there.

Empty Bowls began as a grassroots project for local artists and community members to work together to assist people suffering from hunger. The event now spans to twelve countries and many states across the U.S., generating millions of dollars for various hunger relief agencies. For the last 15 years, EFN has hosted Empty Bowls in Pierce County, highlighting works from talented veteran artists and new local talent. In 2013, EFN raised over $30,000 from Empty Bowls. This is the equivalent of 180,000 meals for food-insecure Pierce County residents.

26724869_rPR98V-14In 2013, EFN distributed 15.6 million pounds of food to 63 area food banks, meal sites, and shelters. EFN made it possible for our partner food programs to accommodate 1,404,755 total visits in Pierce County. Since 2008, the demand for emergency food has increased 69% in our community. To assist in meeting this need, EFN relies on events like Empty Bowls.

The continued success of Empty Bowls is due to the overwhelming community support from artist who donate the bowls, volunteers who set up and help run the event, local restaurants that donate soup, and the 500-plus community members who attend the event. “Empty Bowls provides all the lonely bowls I make throughout the year a wonderful home,” says Jenifer Davis, a local potter who throws bowls every year for the event. “I love that I can be part of this wonderful event.”

For more information, visit www.efoodnet.org and click on the events page or donate button, call 253-584-1040, or email info@efoodnet.org.