Striving to eliminate hunger in our community — Neighbors helping neighbors since 1972
Food Distribution Hours
2nd & 4th Wednesdays
We believe that the hungry must be fed
It is the mission of the Thurston County Food Bank
Responsibility. Service. Compassion. Integrity. Partnership.
The Thurston County Food Bank is governed by a Board of Directors, all community members. Our service area includes the urban core of Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, their surrounding growth areas and underserved parts of Thurston County. To reduce access barriers, the Thurston County Food Bank, in collaboration with community partners, operates fifteen satellite Food Banks. We also operate mobile food banks at nine low income neighborhoods, primarily mobile home parks and apartment complexes. In partnerships with four school districts we distribute weekend food bags at thirty one elementary schools and one Head Start Program. These school programs target homeless children. To promote childhood nutrition, the Food Bank currently supports three school gardens. Our main location in downtown Olympia provides food using the client choice model which allows families to choose the food they want instead of receiving a pre-made bag.
The Thurston County Food Bank works with the rural food banks in Rochester, Tenino and Yelm. Collaborations include acting as the lead agency for the Emergency Food Assistance Program, accessing food through Food Lifeline and Northwest Harvest, as well as providing food and technical support to some smaller rural operations.
Our annual report supplies a detailed account of our work for each year; our current quarterly newsletter will keep you up to date on Food Bank news.
We work with a wide variety of local, regional, and national partners.
|Washington Food Coalition - The voice of emergency food programs
||Northwest Harvest - We supply food free, without dues or fees of any kind, to a network of nearly 300 independent food banks and meal programs throughout the state.|
|Feeding America - formerly named America's Second Harvest
||Food Lifeline - Working to Feed Hungry People in Western Washington|
|Washington State Department of Health - State Programs Contact Information
||Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America|
|Food and Nutrition Service - Apply online for Food Stamps
||South Sound Partners of Philanthropy
|United Way of Thurston County||C.S.F.P. - Commodities Supplemental Food Program
|WSDA Food Assistance Programs
|Move for Hunger