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. As the sole non-profit food distributor in Pierce County providing healthy food for the over 1.3 million visits to these sites each year, the Emergency Food Network plays a vital role in ensuring families and individuals facing food insecurity have access to healthy food. 

In addition to redirecting healthy food that might otherwise go to waste, the network operates Mother Earth Farm, an eight-acre organic farm producing 10,000 pounds of food a year and partners with the Purdy Women's Program which supports incarcerated women. 

Simply Organic supported the farm project with an award of $50,000, the largest grant awarded in 2019. 

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