We Are Seeking an Assistant Program Specialist

Emergency Food Network’s mission is to “Provide Pierce County with a consistent, diverse and nutritious food supply so that no person goes hungry.” We are committed through strategic partnerships that our neighbors will have access to food; what, where and when they need it.  In 2015, with a budget of just over $2,000,000, we distributed $21,000,000 worth of food. Our staff of 21, our Board of 17, and more than 2,700 volunteers are committed to social equity and community-building. We are actively seeking candidates with diverse backgrounds who hold a deep orientation and commitment to making a difference in the fight against hunger.

Job Purpose:

Assist the Partner Program Manager:   Inventory management including data entry and physical inventories, filing and light accounting, process food orders, complete reporting requirements, create and maintain workbooks and spreadsheets, enter sales and item receipts, assist with federal/state and local reports, financial and accounting assistance.  Position will be required to back up the Partner Program Manager when needed.

Assist the Volunteer Coordinator: Oversee DSHS trainee program and assist with data entry, as available.

Duties (Partner Programs):

  • Maintain inventory balances through QuickBooks data entry.
  • Monitors and maintains commodity and client information in MS Excel/Access Data Base
  • Provides information to internal and external customers.
  • Completes operational requirements by scheduling and assigning appointments
  • Protects operations by keeping financial information and plans confidential.
  • Assist with and/or perform physical inventory of the warehouse
  • Maintain and Update Food Bank/Meal Site Referral Directory (Publisher)
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.

Duties (Volunteer Programs)

  • Interview and review paperwork with potential warehouse and administrative DSHS clients.
  • Monitor client attendance and communicate client absences to caseworkers.
  • Submit bi-monthly evaluations and timecards for each client.
  • Enter client information and document hours in Donor Perfect.
  • Work closely with front office and warehouse staff to ensure client is benefiting from our training program.
  • Assist with data entry (i.e. volunteer applications, hours) in Donor Perfect.

Skills/Qualifications:  Must be extremely reliable/punctual/excellent work ethic.

  • Microsoft Word, Excel, Access.
  • Quickbooks
  • Accuracy in data entry a must
  • Excellent customer services skills
  • Self-motivated, quick learner, willing to think and work outside the box
  • Able to work independently as well as a member of a team
  • Able to work in office environment, warehouse, and off site at food program locations.


Full-Time, $15.00/hr; generous benefits package.


For more information about Emergency Food Network, please visit our website www.efoodnet.org

Please send resume to jobs@efoodnet.org.

7th Annual Fallen Officers Food Drive

On November 29th from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. we will have a pull up donation station at the Lakewood Police Station with Officers, city staff, and community members available to accept your donations. Please join us in honoring the memories of our fallen officers and helping those in need.

Lakewood, WA. November 21, 2016:

On November 29, 2009, the Lakewood Police Department and the entire Pierce County Region suffered an incredible loss when 4 of our Officers were murdered in a near-by coffee shop. Every year since we have held a food drive in their honor to benefit the Emergency Food Network of Pierce County.

In the past six years combined we have collected a total of $138,000 and 135,000 pounds of food. Our goal for the 7th anniversary is to add enough to those totals to reach $150,000 and 150,000 pounds of food.  You can help us reach our goal by donating money (cash or checks made out to Emergency Food Network) or your non-perishable food items during the week of November 28th through December 2nd at the Lakewood Police Station or Lakewood City Hall.

Largest gift in EFN’s history given by Employees Community Fund of Boeing to build new storage facility

More food will be available for Pierce County residents in need thanks to a record-breaking donation from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound.

The $320,000 grant is the largest gift received in Emergency Food Network’s history. It will fully fund a new 2,500 square-foot storage facility, which will be built in 2017 adjacent to their 20,000 square-foot warehouse. The new facility will have the capacity to hold an additional 140,000 pounds of food at a time, greatly expanding Emergency Food Network’s ability to collect, store, and distribute food.

“We are extremely grateful for the support from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing and their commitment to serving the needs of the hungry in our community,” said Helen McGovern-Pilant, Executive Director of Emergency Food Network. “With this expansion, we will be able to store and distribute more than 24 additional semi-trucks full of food each year.”

Emergency Food Network provides food to 70 food banks, meal sites, and shelters in Pierce County. Last year these food programs responded to 1.4 million visits from Pierce County residents in need. Emergency Food Network provided more than 16 million pounds of food last year to ensure that each time a community member walks into a food program with nothing, they walk out with enough food for nine meals.

The new storage facility will allow Emergency Food Network to seek out new sources of nutritious food, resulting in more food for the community in need.

For more information about Emergency Food Network and its mission “to provide Pierce County with a consistent, diverse and nutritious food supply so that no person goes hungry,” visit www.efoodnet.org.



About the Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound
The Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound, known as ECF, is an employee-owned and managed charitable giving program. Since 1951, generous Boeing employees have contributed over $600,000,000 to local Puget Sound nonprofits. ECF grants enable local Health & Human Service agencies to purchase much-needed equipment, renovate their facilities and build new construction that directly benefit their clients. Over the years, the Employees Community Fund has funded $555,575 in direct grants to Emergency Food Network.

Empty Bowls Event Fills Bowls of Neighbors in Need

The line starts forming an hour before the doors open. That’s when the search for the “best” bowls begins. 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 local artist 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 and served by Chambers Bay Grill, Indo Asian Street Eatery, Infinite Soups, Pacific Grill, Spring Lake Café, Stanley and Seaforts, The Swiss, and X-Group Restaurants.

It’s an annual tradition enjoyed by more than 500 people each year. Almost 1,500 bowls are purchased for the home or for holiday gifts, and more than 700 bowls of soup are consumed over two and a half hours. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Charles Wright Academy from 1:00pm-3:30pm. Admission is FREE. Bowl prices start at $10.

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 17 years, EFN has hosted Empty Bowls in Pierce County, highlighting works from talented veteran artists and new local talent. In 2015, EFN raised over $35,000 from Empty Bowls. This is the equivalent of 203,225 meals for food-insecure Pierce County residents.

In 2015, EFN distributed 16 million pounds of food to more than 70 area food banks, meal sites, and shelters. EFN made it possible for our partner food programs to accommodate 1.4 million total visits in Pierce County. To assist in meeting this need, EFN relies on fundraising events like Empty Bowls.

The continued success of Empty Bowls is due to the overwhelming community support from artists 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.

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

The Feed: November 2016 eNews

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In this issue: Abundance of Generosity,  Empty Bowls,  Welcome Sam Cook,  #GivingTuesday,  Mother Earth Farm,  Volunteers of the Month, Generous Support