Overview

The Healthy Parkland Initiative builds capacity with Trinity Lutheran Church’s feeding ministry and Emergency Food Network by engaging faculty and students in projects that enhance the food bank, community garden and community meal programs.

Through the implementation and operations of community gardens, community meals and food banks, this initiative aims to:

  1. Increase Capacity (recruit & train volunteers, food drives, fund development)
  2. Develop Resources (faculty-led evaluations, training videos & manuals, volunteer management mechanisms)
  3. Heighten Awareness (advocacy, education, video productions, bi-annual food symposium)

Overview

Learn about food insecurity right here in your community and support an . The pantry is a split model, meaning half the space is a client choice model set up as a little market where recipients can walk around and pick up the food items they want. The other half is based off a monthly system where clients can pick up a pre-made bag of staple foods for the month. Volunteer involvement includes working the front desk and welcoming guests, stocking the choice tables, making up monthly bags, organizing shelves, weighing food, redistributing food, and many other projects and tasks. The pantry needs a consistent basis of volunteers, so this opportunity is geared towards folks who can commit to at least one semester of involvement, and preferably a year or more.

Time & Location

TBA

How to Get Involved

Contact Shannon Kelley.

Overview

These opportunities are more sporadic than others, so simply put your name on the list and be ready to hear about the next opportunity. You are also welcome to contact the Food Access Coordinator for help planning your own volunteer opportunity.

Time & Location

Spring and Summer. Garden of Edible Grace on 121st S.

How to Get Involved

Contact Shannon Kelly.

Overview

The Emergency Food Network hosts weekly food repack projects for groups and individuals to come over and repack large quantities of food into manageable sizes that can then be delivered to local food banks and pantries. Volunteer activities include special projects of repacking and preparing food. This is a great opportunity who would like to plan ahead for one time sessions. You simply commit to a two hour project and that’s it!

Time & Location

Check EFN volunteer page for upcoming opportunities.

How to Get Involved

Contact Shannon Kelly.

Overview

Group trips are taken to Mother Earth Farm in Orting to help grow food for distribution to 67 food banks throughout Pierce County.

Time & Location

Check the EFN volunteer calendar for upcoming opportunities.

How to Get Involved

Contact Shannon Kelly.

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