Just For Kids

Kids line up for summer lunches at the Thurston County Food Bank van Olympia Washington

The FORKids Program was created to assist children in our community that experience food insecurity.

Proper nutrition is critical for growing children. The programs below aim to lessen the burden that hunger and poverty place on children in need.

ForKids Weekend Food Bag

 Working with counselors and teachers in local elementary schools, the Food Bank provides weekend food bags to children who rely on free and reduced cost lunch programs during the school week.

Summer Lunches

Children who rely on free and reduced-cost lunch programs during the school year are left without support during the summer months. The Summer Lunch Program is a collaboration with other youth-focused non profits to ensure that children in need receive nutritious lunches throughout the summer. Lunches are delivered to children’s programs around the country and delivered via Food Bank vans operating on fixed routes.

Birthday Bags

The birthday bag program started in 2009 and in 2021 has given out over 7,000 birthdays “in a bag”. Children of food bank clients can receive a birthday bag for ages 1 to 12. The bags contain an age-appropriate new toy, a book, a hand knitted hat, coloring book, school supplies for older children, toiletries, balloons and candles, and other items all packed in a 10×13 inch bag. The parents also receive a cake mix and frosting.

Newborn Baby Bags

Food Pantry Clients, if you are an expecting parent or have a newborn, let us know at your next visit so you can receive your Newborn Baby Bag with goodies.  It has new essential and handmade items that every new parent needs.

 Clientes de la Despensa de Alimentos, Si es un padre o madre que espera un bebé o tiene un recién nacido, avísenos en su próxima visita para que pueda recibir su Bolsa de Bebé recién nacido con golosinas. Tiene nuevos artículos esenciales y hechos a mano que todo nuevo padre necesita

Call (360) 352-8597 x 212 for information about the Newborn Baby Bags.

Other questions about programs for kids?  Call 360.352.8597 x104 or

Working to end hunger in our community