From packing groceries to picking produce – we need your help!

Getting Started

The best way for individuals to start is to attend a Volunteer Orientation and Tour at our Client Service Center in downtown Olympia. Orientations are held the first and third Tuesdays of every month from 3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M., and are open to the public. If you would like to volunteer for a specific event or for a short time please contact us with the particulars. Call (360) 352-8597 ext. 107 or Email us at volunteers@thurstoncountyfoodbank.org

Volunteers Are our Foundation

Volunteers established the food bank in 1965 and they have been the foundation of our success ever since. There is an ever present awareness to serve those in need, in the spirit of neighbor helping neighbor. In 2010, volunteers dedicated 38,796 hours of service.

Volunteering at the Food Bank

Volunteer shifts are available nearly every day of the week, with limited seasonal opportunities on weekends. Please attend an orientation for details.

Individuals Volunteering at the Food Bank

Volunteers are scheduled Monday through Friday for daytime shifts, two evenings a month and at other times to support special programs and events. Tasks include sorting food, repackaging food, stocking produce, building food bags, setting up the food bank in preparation for food distribution, assisting customers as they shop, and much more.

Families & Groups Volunteering at the Food Bank

Families and groups of all sizes have numerous opportunities to support our programs during the week and on the weekends. Our biggest events occur in November, December, January and May with additional projects throughout the year. Groups are encouraged to contact the Food Bank to get more information.

Who can Volunteer?

The Food Bank has various tasks for individuals of all ages. Students and youth age 12 and older may volunteer without parental or custodial supervision. Youth under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

If you are a student

Students needing class/school community service hours may volunteer during the school year, and during Spring, Summer and Winter Breaks. Follow the “Getting Started” information above.