Striving to eliminate hunger in our community — Neighbors helping neighbors since 1972
Food Distribution Hours
2nd & 4th Wednesdays
Our main location is at 220 Thurston Street NE; Olympia, Washington 98501-1138.
|Directions going south on I-5
Directions going North on I-5
A dollar given will in fact buy a third more food. The Food Bank does not pay retail prices for the food it buys; in fact we generally never pay wholesale prices. Of course we need money to pay our utility bills and meet other overhead costs.
We like gifts of food too. What we need most are high-protein foods (canned tuna, peanut butter, beef stew); children's favorites (macaroni and cheese, boxed cereal, canned fruit). We often need items for our special needs clients. Low salt soups and vegetables, fruit packed in water or its own juice, flip top cans of fruit, vegetables or soups, or foods appropriate for vegetarians. What to avoid includes glass and bulk items that would require repackaging.
Yes we do. Best place to start is a tour of the food bank. It gives us a chance to show you what we do and describe how you can help. Currently we need volunteers to support our outreach efforts, in particular the Mobile Food Bank system.
The two largest food drives are the Letter Carriers Food Drive in May and the High Schools drive during the Holidays. The Food Bank in partnership with the South Sound Reading Foundation supports the Well Fed Well Read food and book drive in April of each year. Most successful food drives rely on the support of volunteers and need some way of engaging our community. For concrete examples and ideas download our handbook "How to organize a food drive".
We are open for distribution of food on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at our downtown location. In collaboration with our community partners we operate a system of satellite food banks with hours of operation that expand service days and times. Our office hours are Monday thru Friday 8 am till 4 pm.
Metered parking is available on the street.
Cash is always welcome. We also accept your gift of food and time. For more details contact us directly or check out our donor resources.