LAKEWOOD — Hungry families and individuals in Pierce County will have more food in their cupboards this February, thanks to the thoughtfulness of local organizations hosting food drives for Emergency Food Network. In January, EFN received over 3,300 pounds of food from the following groups hosting food drives: Round Table Pizza, City of Lakewood, Point Defiance Zoo, Lakewood Police Department, Les Schwab Tires, The News Tribune, and other anonymous groups.
Food drives play an important role in helping Emergency Food Network meet the needs of our hungry Pierce County neighbors. In addition to individual food drives, EFN relies on various companies and organizations to donate product. Once received, the food is distributed to the 67 food banks, hot meal sites, and shelters EFN serves throughout Pierce County. For many of these programs, EFN provides their regular foundation of shelf stable (dry, canned, and packaged food), fresh & frozen foods.
Each month in Pierce County an average of 147,000 children, seniors and adults seek help at local food banks and hot meal sites. In 2010 EFN distributed 14.1 million pounds of food worth $18.5 million at no cost through their warehouse operation. This represents a 16% increase over pounds distributed in 2009.
EFN is able to leverage their buying and donated food to distribute $12 worth of food for every $1 donated. Fund drives are encouraged along with each food drive, as EFN can purchase more food through bulk buying than individuals can with trips to the grocery store.
To learn more about EFN or to obtain a food drive information packet, visit www.efoodnet.org or call (253) 584-1040.