Eat, Drink, and Gamble for a Great Cause

Attendees of the 4th annual Casino Royale fundraising event will eat, drink, and gamble all for a great cause on Saturday, June 24, 7 pm – 11 pm, at the Tacoma Mountaineers Club.

Hosted each year by Emergency Food Network’s Ambassador Board, this lively event will raise funds in support of hunger relief, translating into thousands of meals for food-insecure residents of Pierce County.

Guests of the event will try their luck at Black Jack, Texas Hold’em, Roulette, and Craps, as well as a live raffle, while enjoying appetizers, drinks and an all-around great time. Included in the $50 ticket price is $1,000 of carnival money with which to gamble throughout the evening.

Additionally, non-perishable food items will be collected at the event. Items that are most needed include: peanut butter, canned stews, canned meats, infant formula, baby food, diapers, canned fruits, and canned vegetables.

Community events like this play an important role in helping meet the needs of hungry Pierce County neighbors. Every dollar makes a difference. Emergency Food Network is able to distribute $12 worth of food for every $1 raised. Last year, they provided more than 14.8 million pounds of food to 68 food pantries throughout Pierce County accommodating 1.3 million visits from Pierce County residents in need.

This year’s Casino Royale event is made possible by the support of generous sponsors committed to helping Emergency Food Network provide food to the community. Sponsors of Casino Royale include: Interstate Distributor Co., Coordinated Care, Financial Insights, HomeStreet Bank, Gordon Thomas Honeywell, and Keller Williams Realty.

For more information about Casino Royale and to purchase tickets visit

We Are Seeking an Events Coordinator

Do you have a passion for food justice and social services? Are you ready to bring your event experience, organizational skills, and creativity to an organization that is the backbone of Pierce County’s emergency food system? Do you want to work with a dynamic team, interact with incredible donors and sponsors, engage with the community, and have a significant impact on food security in our community?

OUR STORY: Emergency Food Network is located in Lakewood, WA and was established in 1982. In a given year we move over 14 million pounds of food and serve more than 68 partner programs. We also run an 8-acre organic farm in the Orting Valley that grows food for distribution to food pantries. Our Board of Directors is active and engaged and we also have an Ambassador Board, which is made up of younger professionals. As EFN grows, we are excited to welcome an Events Coordinator to our Development Team. Events are a core piece of the EFN fundraising portfolio and we are excited to expand these responsibilities into a full-time position. While our events are well-established, our hope is to add an amazing leader who will partner with our team to sustain the events and help them grow.

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: Emergency Food Network is seeking an experienced, full-time, Events Coordinator who will have primary responsibility for overseeing events and executing plans based on the strategic initiatives of the organization.  This includes planning, coordination, and implementation of all aspects of patron and donor related events. EFN’s annual events consist of 2 major events, an auction and 5K walk/ run (net six figures each), 4 smaller events, and other small gatherings for select donors and volunteers. Most of our events have a long history, extensive documentation, and a prescribed format.


  • Collaborate with the Deputy Director and Event Contractors (currently in place) to implement and plan the annual auction (400 guests, 2016 net $314,000)- coordinate with auction committee, manage and enter data, coordinate with the development team on sponsorship and stewardship, manage budgets, work inter-departmentally and oversee aspects of the event
  • Oversee planning logistics of patron-related events, including but not limited to: Signature Events – Abundance, Empty Bowls, Breaking Hunger and Hunger Walk. Donor events – Recognition Breakfast, as well as 3rd party fundraisers and smaller volunteer appreciation events
  • Work with Development Team to track event participation in DonorPerfect.
  • Work with Development Team to track item procurement through Auction-Tracker
  • Work closely with staff and the Board designated event chairs as required
  • Create event progress reports, budgets, and final reports as needed and assist with post-event analysis to inform future event improvement and growth
  • Secure and maintain relationships with in-kind donors as needed
  • Collaborate with Development Team to maximize sponsorship dollars and in-kind potential
  • Collaborate with Marketing and Communication to ensure that all print/digital collateral related to events aligns with event themes as well as manage related print/digital timelines
  • Develop and maintain an ongoing stewardship plan for participants, sponsors and vendors
  • Event outreach in the community


  • Brings special event experience (development/fundraising event experience required)
  • Demonstrated ability to budget and manage income and expenses to meet net revenue goals
  • Demonstrated ability of superior time-management, detail management, and prioritization skills
  • Able to work on many events at once, though our event calendar is staggered throughout the year the Events Coordinator will often be working on multiple events simultaneously
  • Is flexible and enjoys working in a diverse, fast-paced environment with passionate, talented and committed people
  • Excellent with data management, entry, and oversite
  • Strong networks in Pierce County (preferred)
  • Has the ability to take initiative, work independently and collaboratively as needed
  • Strong and effective oral and written communications and interpersonal skills
  • Some higher education is preferred but equivalent work experience will also be considered
  • Knowledge of Windows-based computer software, donor database systems (DonorPerfect preferred), Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Nice to others and with a sense of humor
  • A passionate advocate for access to nutritious food as a key social justice strategy
  • Must be willing and able to travel via automobile and have a valid driver’s license

WORK SCHEDULE: The schedule is typically 8am to 4pm Monday through Friday but due to variances in the event schedule it will vary. Typically there are 3 to 4 weeknight meetings per month and at least one monthly weekend activity.


  • Full-time salary range of $41,000 to $44,000 based on experience
  • 2 weeks of vacation, increased to 3 weeks’ vacation after 2 years, and 8 hours added monthly to your sick balance- benefits start after first full month of employment
  • We provide medical ($500 Deductible) vision, dental, life insurance with EFN covering 100% of the cost of the employee’s insurance premiums
  • EFN has a 403(b) plan and contributes 5% after the employee has been here for one full month

EFN is a collaborative, team-focused, dog friendly work space. The Development Team (which includes this position) works in an open office concept that encourages inter-team collaboration.


  • Please send a resume and cover letter to
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

EFN is an equal opportunity employer. For more information about Emergency Food Network, please visit our website

Those weeds don’t stand a chance!

JBLM squadron 627 CS/Cobras was at Mother Earth Farm last week for another weeding party! They sure are keeping up with the weeds in their three rows of Bright Lights Swiss Chard and even made a sign with a cobra on it, how cool is that?













Girl Scout Troop 40519 weeded their rows of kale in record time! This group knows how to use teamwork to get the job done, looking forward to seeing this superfood continue to grow!













Tacoma-Kenrick #2 Rainbow Girls have sure made that swiss chard happy! They were at Mother Earth Farm over the weekend weeding and adding compost to their rows.

Adopt-a-Row groups have plants in the ground!

JBLM squadron 627 CS/Cobras has planted three rows of swiss chard! They checked in last week to weed their rows and add compost.














Girl Scout Troop 40519 planted three rows of kale last month and were just out at Mother Earth Farm on Saturday to keep their rows free of weeds!












Tacoma-Kenrick #2 Rainbow Girls have planted three rows of swiss chard and will be back at Mother Earth Farm this week to weed, weed, weed!


Hunger Walk & 5K Run will help provide dairy to families in need.

Does a stroll through in the park sound like a great way to spend your Saturday morning? How about a run on the trails? At the Hunger Walk & 5K Run you can enjoy either of these and help your neighbors in need at the same time.

On May 20, Emergency Food Network is hosting the Hunger Walk & 5K Run at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood. Participants in this 37th annual event will walk around Waughop Lake or run through the trees in a chip-timed 5K. Family-friendly activities and live music are also provided at the start/finish line.

“The community’s involvement in this event will have a profound impact on our neighbors who need our help,” said Helen McGovern-Pilant, Executive Director at Emergency Food Network.

Throughout the year, EFN distributes a variety of food that is donated by farmers, the government, and community members. However, to ensure there is a reliable source of staple foods available for food pantries, Emergency Food Network also purchases, by the semi-truckload, six staple items including rice, beans, oats, canned fruit, canned vegetables, and a frozen protein.

The funding from the Hunger Walk & 5K Run will help Emergency Food Network add dairy to list of items regularly purchased, fulfilling the need for more dairy in the emergency food system.

The Hunger Walk & 5K Run was previously hosted by Associated Ministries. At the beginning of this year, they passed the leadership of the event on to Emergency Food Network, however, Associated Ministries is still very involved in the event.

Emergency Food Network has seen a great amount of support from local businesses for the Hunger Walk & 5K Run. Event sponsors include Tucci & Sons, Waste Connections, Commencement Bank, Coordinated Care, Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala, Whole Foods Chambers Bay, and Zack Rosenbloom & Associates.

For more information or to register for the Hunger Walk & 5K Run visit