Of the more than 115,000 visits from individuals in Pierce County seeking assistance each month from Emergency Food Network (EFN), 99 percent fall below national poverty guidelines and more than half are children and seniors. Nearly half are families with at least one employed adult who just need help making ends meet.
The GSFF family is committed to lending a helping hand! Thanks to their commitment to the Emergency Food Network program, the food that they pack goes directly to food banks where it is donated to families in need. As an ongoing event, GSFF holds quarterly food drives for EFN where associates pack up food, from frozen corn to fresh carrots or bags of rice, that is then distributed to 67 feeding programs in the county that serve a diverse population of low-income families.
“We always need quite a few volunteers when we pack food for the EFN, but associates here in Sumner are always willing to lend a helping hand,” said Laura Kniss, Customer Service Field Representative. “Volunteers from other organizations also help out and always record how much they packed, which can be fun—it creates friendly competition when it’s our turn!”
These events are a great way to get drivers, administrative associates and warehouse personnel together to see if the team can pack more food than the last drive. It’s also a great way to have fun and team build while helping fight hunger in local communities.
Hunger is rarely an isolated issue, but rather a symptom of a larger problem affecting an individual’s ability to gain and maintain an adequate level of economic security. Since 1996 EFN has been developing programs that not only provide wholesome food to those in need, but also offers opportunities for individuals to develop basic work skills and hopefully break the hunger cycle.