Empty Bowls 2014 to benefit EFN

Empty Bowls is an annual tradition at Charles Wright Academy (7723 Chambers Creek Road West) to benefit Pierce County’s sole nonprofit food distributor, Emergency Food Network. More than 1,200 bowls will be available for purchase for guests’ homes or as holiday gifts, with many of them having been made by Tarriers. Guests who purchase bowls will be served a bowl of soup (in a separate bowl) donated by local chefs. Admission is free and Empty Bowls is open to the public. [Read more...]

‘Empty Bowls’ event to benefit hunger relief, Nov. 22

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LAKEWOOD—The line starts forming an hour before the doors open. That’s when the semi-mad dash begins for the “best” bowls. 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 child 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 by Viva, Pacific Grill, The Swiss, Adriatic Grill, Infinite Soups, X-Group Restaurants, Alina Soups, Puget Sound Family Health and Chambers Bay. [Read more...]

Around the Sound: Scouting for food

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Scout Master Andy Estep of Steilacoom’s Boy Scout Troop 71 and his assistant scout masters oversaw the 2014 annual Scouting for Food project in the Town. Estep and local scouts distributed 1,800 bags on Oct. 25 and on Nov. 1 collected local donations from nine areas around the community. The Steilacoom Food Pantry, with Sharon Cornett as coordinator, is housed in the basement of Oberlin Church on Rainier Street. Folks in need of food should contact the Community Center at 581-1076 for details.

Collective generosity at Emergency Food Network’s Abundance Auction

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LAKEWOOD — The formula for providing healthy, nutritious, staple food for hungry people in Pierce County is pretty simple. The more funds and food donated to Emergency Food Network, the more food the organization can provide. On October 25, attendees at EFN’s annual auction raised $325,000–enough funds to provide nearly 2 million meals to hungry families and individuals throughout the community. [Read more...]

Help people with disabilities, get a free Tootsie Roll

By Paul Swortz

Knights of Columbus from St. Frances Cabrini will conduct a “Tootsie Roll Drive” at Fred Meyer’s store at 6305 Bridgeport Way on Friday 10/31 and Saturday 11/1 from 9AM to 5PM. The Knights are urging citizens everywhere to support this important fund raising activity by making a donation. Our donations will go to Special Olympics Washington this year. Knights will be easily visible at the store entrance because of the bright yellow aprons they will be wearing and the Tootsie Rolls they will be giving away. Donations are tax deductible.

Letter: U.P. Community Thanksgiving dinner set for Nov. 27

By Roger Gruener

As previously reported, Mr. Ric’s Catering was unable to help with the annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner this year. Thank you Mr. Ric for all those years. We are happy to announce that Derek Bray, Chef at Grassi’s Ristorante and former Chef at Tacoma Rescue Mission, has agreed to step up. Thank you Derek.

Soooo….Thanksgiving dinner will be served as in previous years at University Place Primary from noon-2pm in the cafeteria on Thanksgiving Day, November 27th. All are welcome. Volunteers are needed starting at 6am and until 3pm. Please contact the University Place Volunteer Center if you are interested in helping: 253-691-3029 or visit www.my-volunteercenter.org.

‘Make a Difference Day’ in Steilacoom

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By 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 24, a crew of about 28 men and women from the 42nd MP Brigade at JBLM arrived at Farrell’s Marsh, ready to gravel and mulch the Marsh’s meandering pathway. The project is part of the on-going partnership with Steilacoom’s Community Connectors who’ve done numerous community-spirited jobs around town, such as shrub removal, painting, even creating a labyrinth at Cherrydale Primary School, for more than a decade. [Read more...]