Their motto is “Service Above Self,” and Pierce County Rotarians are applying this philosophy toward feeding food-insecure families and individuals.
Three area clubs have donated $8,000 this summer to support Emergency Food Network and its mission “to provide a reliable food supply so that no person in Pierce County goes hungry.”
The Rotary Club of Tacoma No. 8 contributed $5,000, Rotary Club of South Tacoma contributed $2,000, and the Rotary Club of Lakewood gave $1,000 in grant funding to EFN.
Thanks to partnerships with other independent food distributors and a volunteer force of more than 2,500, the organization operates with an overhead of less than 4 percent and is able to distribute $12 worth of food for every $1 donated.
More than 14 million pounds of food valued at $18.5 million moves through Emergency Food Network’s Warehouse Distribution Center in Lakewood every year. This accounts for 80 percent of all food distributed in Pierce County.