EFN Seeks Americorps VISTA Summer Associate for Mother Earth Farm

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Mother Earth Farm, a project of the Emergency Food Network, is looking for an Americorps VISTA Summer Associate to help achieve our mission “to provide Pierce County with a consistent, diverse and nutritious food supply so that no person goes hungry.”

Farm Description
Mother Earth Farm is an 8-acre food bank farm run by the Emergency Food Network. Located in the Puyallup River valley, the farm uses organic practices to grow about 100,000 pounds of fresh produce a year for Pierce County food banks and hot meal sites. Mostly focused on vegetables, Mother Earth also has an orchard, beehives, laying hens, and a small herb and flower garden. We work closely on all farm tasks with a crew of incarcerated people from the Washington Correctional Center for Women in Gig Harbor as an educational and job-training program. The farm also relies on the work of volunteers, hosting individuals and groups from our surrounding community.

Summer Associate Responsibilities
The farm is dedicated to providing all workers with excellent instruction, feedback, and open appreciation for their labor. The Summer Associate will gain an understanding of the whys and hows of sustainable, community-based agriculture as well as realities of food insecurity in Pierce County. An important part of the associate’s responsibilities will involve working with community volunteers and engaging them in the work of the Emergency Food Network. This will include but is not limited to tasks such as volunteer outreach, giving tours, supervising volunteers, and submitting photos and write ups for use in EFN’s social media. In order to effectively engage volunteers, the Summer Associate will be involved with and become knowledgeable about all aspects of vegetable and fruit production on the farm. Daily work will include cultivation, transplanting, plant propagation and harvesting of over 80 different varieties of organic vegetables.

Education, connection to community resources and the local farming community will also be available.

Qualifications
While the farm managers and EFN staff will provide training on organic farming methods, supervising volunteers, and more, the Summer Associate is expected to meet the following qualifications:

• Positive, flexible attitude
• Good communication skills and a willingness to work on them
• Enthusiasm for physical labor
• Able to work outside in all conditions
• Ability to work in a group and alone
• Desire to participate in community
• Experience working with diverse groups desired but NOT necessary
• Previous gardening and farming experience desired but NOT necessary

Americorps VISTA Benefits

1. Associates receive a living allowance for the time served, which is equal to the amount received by full-year members serving in the same area. Monthly stipend for this position: $973.

2. A $1,212 Eli Segal AmeriCorps Education Award from the National Service Trust or a $125/month summer stipend.

3. Associates do not receive:
· Health care
· Life insurance
· Child care allowances
· Relocation allowances

Application process is rolling. All applications due May 20. Position starts June and ends August. Please apply via this link: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=60165&fromSearch=true

Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger with Annual Food Drive

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Letter Carriers will help stock the shelves of food banks in Pierce County with their annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive on Saturday, May 14.

This national event is a great opportunity for residents and businesses to join together to see that no person goes hungry in our community. Pierce County letter carriers partner with Emergency Food Network (EFN) and area food banks to collect more than 300,000 pounds of food during the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive every year.

Each address in the county will receive a bag, but there is no limit to the amount of bags residents can set out by their mailbox. Postal carriers and volunteers will drive through neighborhoods to pick up the donations. Suggested non-perishable items include peanut butter, canned soups and chili, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meats, and other items high in nutritional value.

Food Drives play an important role in helping meet the needs of our hungry Pierce County neighbors. EFN relies on donations from food drives, individuals, as well as various companies and organizations to help get food out to community members in need. Once received, EFN distributes the food to the 70 food banks, meal sites, and shelters that it serves.

Residents can also help by volunteering the day of the food drive. If you are interested in volunteering, contact volunteer@efoodnet.org or (253) 584-1040.

To learn more about EFN, or the “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive, visit www.efoodnet.org.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Status:
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