HUNGER-FREE PIERCE COUNTY COLLABORATIVE
Food insecurity is a huge problem in our area, and we know that we can’t face it alone. We have partnered with several organizations in our area to tackle it from all angles, including Emergency Food Network (EFN), Nourish Pierce County, WSU Extension, Peninsula Community Foundation, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, St. Leo’s Food Connection and local farmer’s markets. Together, this Hunger-Free Pierce County collaborative identifies and fills in gaps that will make the system providing food to our citizens more effective.
Together, we have:
- purchased refrigerated vans to expand summer meal site services, perishable food pick up and increase food delivery in challenged areas;
- assisted in a program that distributes crockpots to low-income families READ MORE;
- connected more families to food through Farmer’s Market matching vouchers READ MORE;
- provided funding for an outreach person to help families sign up for SNAP benefits READ MORE;
- continued to extend the reach of local backpack programs, such as PowerPack, which addresses child hunger READ MORE;
- and invested in an additional hoop house for EFN’s Mother Earth Farm for year-round production to increase fresh, healthy foods for local food system. READ MORE
As a convener of the Partnership for a Hunger-Free Pierce County we will continue working together to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in our community and to increase access to fresh, healthy food for those in need.