Clients are coming to see us more often. In 2012, thanks to your support, we were able to serve over 43,000 neighbors, 10% more than the previous year. By 2020, the Thurston County population is likely to increase 13% (TRPC), an increase of 37,668 individuals.
A corresponding increase in Food Bank clients would means 5,612 new clients will visit the Food Bank in the next 7 years.
With pallets of food stacked floor to ceiling and clients currently waiting for as long as two hours for service, there is no way around the fact that the Thurston County Food Bank needs more space .
With your help, there is a way we can meet the increased needs.
Thanks to the ongoing generosity of donors, in late 2012, the Food Bank was able to purchase a warehouse in Tumwater. Repacking, receiving and large-scale distribution functions will move to this new building – a space designed for these functions. At the downtown location, the leaking roof and inadequate heating system will be replaced, creating a safer and more comfortable environment for clients, volunteers and staff alike.
In 2013, we launched the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Capital Campaign because you are the one who will make this vision come to reality. You have been there since the beginning and we need you more than ever now. We cannot end hunger in Thurston County without your help. Your support for this project will ensure that we will never have to say “no” to a neighbor in need.