Emergency Food Network

Emergency Food Network in Lakewood, Washington is a great example of a successful collective response to hunger. The non-profit organization, which began in 1982 when a group of community service organizations recognized the need to resource emergency food to Pierce County, redirects 14.4 million pounds of consistently diverse, nutritious food to 71 food pantries, meal sites and shelters annually. Through over 1.3 million visits to these sites each year, the food is distributed to families and individuals facing food insecurity in the state of Washington. As the sole non-profit food distributor in Pierce County, The Emergency Food Network plays a vital role in combatting hunger and expanding access to healthy food.   

In addition to redirecting healthy food that might otherwise go to waste, the network partners with Purdy Women’s Program to teach incarcerated women job and life skills through the operation of Mother Earth Farm. The eight-acre organic farm located in Pullyallup Valley produces and distributes more than 100,000 pounds of organic fruits, vegetables and herbs annually.

Simply Organic’s contribution of $40,000, the largest grant awarded in 2020, will support this project.

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