Mother Earth Farm Internship

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, 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. Internship Responsibilities

The farm is dedicated to providing workers with excellent instruction, feedback, and open appreciation for their labor, and interns will benefit from and be expected to actively participate in all aspects of this education and communication. Interns will gain an understanding of the whys and hows of sustainable, community-based agriculture as well as realities of food insecurity in Pierce County and will be involved with 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. An important part of intern responsibilities will also involve working with community volunteers and engaging them in the work of the Emergency Food Network. This will include tasks such as giving tours, supervising volunteers, and submitting photos and write ups for use in EFN’s social media.

Education, connection to community resources and the local farming community will also be available. Continuing education credits through WSU are accessible provided interns participate in on-farm learning opportunities.

This is an unpaid position with the possibility of a stipend.


While the farm managers and EFN staff will provide training on organic farming methods, supervising volunteers, and more, interns are 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

Please send a brief cover letter outlining why you are interested in Mother Earth Farm and a resume. and

Please note, this is not a paid position. 

EFN Announces New Deputy Director

Emergency Food Network is proud to announce that Michelle Douglas is their new Deputy Director. 

Douglas brings sixteen years of leadership experience with her to the position. She most recently served as Executive Director at the Rainbow Center in Tacoma and also served as Operations Manager at the Center for Dialogue and Resolution.

In addition to her leadership experience, Douglas also has an extensive background in the food industry, including catering, hospitality, and service. Her longtime desire to provide food for people and her commitment to making a difference in the community makes her a perfect addition to help Emergency Food Network fulfill their mission “to provide Pierce County with a consistent, diverse, and nutritious food supply so that no person goes hungry.”

“I have a deep passion for feeding people, a commitment to exploring ways of eradicating hunger, and a drive to engage communities and systems in the work of finding solutions,” said Douglas. “Emergency Food Network has demonstrated again and again its commitment to alleviating hunger in many ways. I hope to bring new perspective and innovative ideas to the organization.”

Under the leadership of Emergency Food Network’s Executive Director, Helen McGovern-Pilant, Douglas will advance the organization’s Development and Communications departments.

“We are thrilled to have Michelle Douglas on the Emergency Food Network team,” said McGovern-Pilant. “She brings a wealth of experience and passion to EFN that will help lead our organization to the next level.”


We Are Seeking a Director of Operations


The Director of Operations is an exempt position reporting to the Executive Director. This position is responsible for managing the procurement, warehousing, processing and distribution of EFN food to the hunger response system in Pierce County. This position is also responsible for developing the annual warehouse, distribution and procurement operations budget.


Manage Department Activities

  • Directly supervises warehouse staff and plans with program staff; assigns duties, participates in hiring, evaluation and termination of staff, develops training plans and support professional growth
  • Develop and maintain statewide standards, processes, and performance metrics
  • Evaluate and review systems/processes for strategic operations improvement
  • Oversee development of Operations Expense, Capitol, and Transportation budgets
  • Create and oversee a comprehensive EFN facilities plan including maintenance and capital improvements
  • Ensure programs are in place for staff and volunteer safety
  • Develop an Operations department strategy for the use of outside resources (i.e. transportation partners, community job participants, community service workers)

Warehouse/Distribution Center 

  • Guide distribution center and volunteer program operations with efficiency and transparency
  • Develop, document, monitor and improve Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Develop Quality Assurance Program, ensuring a standardized approach
  • Oversee comprehensive inventory management and control standards
  • Collaborate with the Coordinator of Volunteers around a robust volunteer strategy that allows for enhancing the overall volunteer experience.
  • Ensure effective TEFAP program management for our partnership with WSDA


  • Oversee transportation and work with Warehouse Manager and drivers to effectively maximize logistics both of deliveries to food banks/meal programs and of food bank/meal programs warehouse pickups
  • Oversee the plan around other transportation uses such as food donor pickups and events
  • Oversee comprehensive fleet plan
  • Develop strategies for engaging other transportation companies in our work, developing relationships through coalitions and other means in order to find new and creative ways to partner
  • Oversee updates and maintenance of the driver’s manual


  • Build high level procurement relationships that translates into increased in kind donations (i.e. services, non-food, equipment, etc.)
  • Provide oversight around the procurement process and alignment with warehouse capacity and distribution needs
  • Develop and execute robust procurement models and strategies to increase our donors
  • Oversee development of a robust logistics strategy/process flow from procurement of food (including food drives, events, small food donor pickups, etc.) to distribution of food to our partners

Agency Leadership

  • Participate in budget planning as well as departmental budget planning, ensuring that overlaps with other departments and they are pro-actively included.
  • Oversees Safety and Compliance program and ensures compliance with all applicable local, state and federal offices/jurisdictions, OSHA, WISHA, WSDA, WSDH, FDA, WSDOT, and USDA standards and regulations.


  • Prior Non-Profit or Logistics Management experience
  • Senior management level experience in warehousing, distribution, procurement, food or manufacturing industry.
  • Previous experience with leading a diverse team
  • Competency in managing data.
  • Active CDL license


  • Five years of senior management experience with at least 2 direct reports in a related field (retail, manufacturing, transportation, etc.)
  • Strong leadership skills and experience supervising people of diverse skill sets and educational levels
  • Strong interpersonal skills; commitment to staff development and donor customer service.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment, and to work well with a wide range of people, including volunteers, donors, businesses, clients, civic groups and religious organizations.
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate programs and think strategically and creatively.
  • Highly organized with project management, time and department budgeting management skills; understands department P&L            
  • Proficiency in all programs of Microsoft Office


The mission of Emergency Food Network (EFN) is “to provide Pierce County with a consistent, diverse and nutritious food supply so that no person goes hungry.”

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EFN offers a competitive salary and generous benefits which include but are not limited to vacation and sick leave, health/vision/dental insurance, and 403(B) retirement plan.

Send resume and cover letter to: Emergency Food Network, Attn: Helen McGovern Pilant, Executive Director at

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



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.