Thursday, February 9, 2023
The Gearshift is a weekly publication to inform members of current events in the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8.
This Week at Rotary
February 9, 2023
In Pierce County, 1 in 10 individuals is food insecure - that’s more than 92,000 people. Simply put, food insecurity means that you don’t have enough money to consistently afford and find the healthy food we all need to thrive. A family may experience food insecurity regularly throughout the year, or temporarily when a sudden expense or short-term disruption in employment impacts their budget. Visiting a food pantry provides households with an additional food source so that they can use more of their budget on other needs like housing, transportation, and medicine.
Emergency Food Network (EFN) is the backbone of Pierce County’s emergency food system. With a network of more than 75 partner food pantries, meal sites, and shelters as well as direct service programs of its own, EFN’s network served 166,000 visits on average each month in 2022. Join us for Thursday at 5 on  2-9 to learn more about the work EFN is doing to ensure that no person goes hungry in Pierce County. 
Host: Claire Aijian
When: February 9, 5 pm
Where: EFN’s North 40 building (Portable building behind the community garden), 3318 92nd St. South Lakewood 98499
Food: Drinks and appetizers will be provided
EFN has two parking lots, one in front of the main warehouse and directly across the street behind their community garden. If you want to tour the warehouse please wear closed-toe shoes, you may also want additional layers as the warehouse is cold.