HealthyParkland

Healthy Parkland Initiative

In 2013, PLU, Trinity Lutheran Church and Emergency Food Network began working together on the Healthy Parkland Initiative– a partnership leveraging the unique resources each brings to the community and collaborating for an even better Parkland with improved healthy food access.

Our activities include: student volunteer opportunities and service learning connections, increasing awareness of local food and nutrition concerns and research to discover new possibilities for healthy food access.

Our partners:

Trinity Church LogoTrinity Lutheran Church (TLC) – located across the street from PLU – provides a food ministry, a garden and community dinners for the benefit of the neighborhood.

 

EFN LogoEmergency Food Network (EFN) – located nearby in Lakewood – distributes food to over 67 Pierce County food banks and meal sites and operates Mother Earth, an organic farm.

Each of these organizations has opportunities for PLU community members to volunteer their time in service and offers a community connection to learn more about food security in our local community.

Volunteer opportunities:

  • Food sorting and packing for over 67 local food banks at EFN’s warehouse – Repack Project

  • Setting up and organizing the Trinity Lutheran Church food ministry Tuesday, Fridays and Sundays

  • Cooking and participating in Trinity’s Community Dinners – third Friday each month

  • Grow food with EFN’s Mother Earth Farm, Trinity or PLU’s garden!

Events and Community Engagement:

  • Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week – November 14-22, 2014

  • EFN’s annual Empty Bowls Event – November 22, 2014

Contact Rachel Haxtema, Healthy Parkland Coordinator at haxtema@plu.edu with additional questions