Community joins to provide 655,000 meals to families in need

On May 4, EFN kicks off Hunger Awareness Month with a walk and 5K run at Fort Steilacoom Park.
Credit: EFN

Close to 1,000 community members will gather together with one common goal – to help provide food for hungry neighbors in need by walking, running, and raising funds.

On May 4, Emergency Food Network will kick off Hunger Awareness Month with the Hunger Walk & 5K Run at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood. Participants in this 39th annual event will walk or run in a chip-timed 5K around Waughop Lake. Family-friendly activities and live music are also provided at the start/finish line.

“The support from the community at this event will have a significant impact on hunger,” said Michelle Douglas, chief executive officer at Emergency Food Network. “We expect more than 900 people to participate helping us raise more than $131,000 to provide food for families and individuals in need.”

Emergency Food Network is able to provide five meals for every $1 raised from the Hunger Walk & 5K Run resulting in 655,000 meals for the community.

Throughout the year, Emergency Food Network distributes a variety of food that is donated by businesses, farmers, the government, and community members. However, to ensure there is a reliable source of staple foods available for food pantries, Emergency Food Network also purchases, by the semi-truckload, seven staple items including rice, beans, oats, canned fruit, canned vegetables, frozen protein, and milk. Funds raised at events like the Hunger Walk & 5K Run help make these purchases of nutritious food possible.

Emergency Food Network has seen a great amount of support from local businesses for the Hunger Walk & 5K Run. Event sponsors include Tucci & Sons, Waste Connections, Chuckals Office Products, Click! Cable TV, Toyota Lift Northwest, Whole Foods Market, and Zack Rosenbloom & Associates.

Can’t make it to the event? You can still participate by registering as Virtual Walker to receive an online fundraising page, event t-shirt, and the same fundraising incentives as other participants.

For more information on attending or volunteering at the Hunger Walk & 5K Run, visit

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