Who Gets The Food

The food collected goes to the Thurston County Food Bank (TCFB). It is the mission of the Thurston County Food Bank to eliminate hunger within our community. The Food Bank serves the urban core of Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, their surrounding growth areas and underserved parts of Thurston County. In collaboration with community partners, the Food Bank operates fifteen satellite food banks. They also operate mobile food banks in nine low income neighborhoods, primarily mobile home parks and apartment complexes.

In partnership with four school districts, TCBF’s FORKids program distributes 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.

The Food Bank’s 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.

Additionally, 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.