Center for Community Engagement & Service

Healthy Parkland

Healthy Parkland Initiative

PLU, Trinity Lutheran Church and Emergency Food Network are proud to introduce 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 will 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 Logo Emergency Food Network (EFN) – located nearby in Lakewood – distributes food to over 67 Pierce County food banks and operates 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

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

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

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

Events and Community Engagement:

  • Pierce County Hunger Walk – October 6

  • Can you Bring It – Food Drive – October 1-19

  • Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week – November 17-23

  • EFN’s annual Empty Bowls Event – November 23

  • Spring Food Security Symposium hosted by PLU Philosophy Department

Contact Rachel Haxtema, Healthy Parkland Coordinator at with additional questions