It is the mission of the Thurston County Food Bank to eliminate hunger within our community.
The Thurston County Food Bank is governed by a Board of Directors, all community members. Our service area includes the urban core of Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, their surrounding growth areas and underserved parts of Thurston County. To reduce access barriers, the Thurston County Food Bank, in collaboration with community partners, operates eighteen satellite Food Banks.
We also operate mobile food banks at nine low income neighborhoods, primarily mobile home parks and apartment complexes. In partnership with four school districts, we distribute weekend food bags at thirty three 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. Our 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.
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.