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Thanksgiving Closures

Thurston County Food Bank will be closed Thursday and Friday (11/26, 11/27) this week to reflect and rest.

This has been quite a year!

And, through it all, we have so much to be thankful for. To begin with, through all the trials of 2020, we have witnessed firsthand the generosity and kindness of our community coming together to support and care for one another.

What an astounding place this is!!

We hope you and your loved ones are able to enjoy the next several days as you reflect on those around you and all the things you are thankful for.

Wishing you and those close a healthy and safe Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Food Box Distribution – St. MArtin’s University

Tuesday, 11/24, the Thurston County Food Bank in partnership with St. Martin’s University will be distributing Thanksgiving Boxes. This will be drive-up with minimal contact.

Please follow the directions below, stay in your vehicle, and friendly volunteers will load the food for you!

Distribution will begin at 10am and finish either with
the last in line at 1pm — or — while supplies last.

Details on Thanksgiving Food Distribution

We are very excited to be able to continue this long-standing service to our community!!

Food will be distributed Monday (11/23) and Wednesday (11/25) from the Downtown Olympia location.

Distribution will begin just around 10am and finish when the last in line at 3pm is served.

We would like to share a few important details for you to keep in mind as you plan to pick up food next week at our Downtown Olympia Location:

220 Thurston Ave. NE, Olympia, WA 98501
(Please refer to the map below. Follow the arrows
down Washington – Market – and Franklin)

For Community Members in Vehicles:

  • This is a very popular event. We expect a large turn-out, especially with the latest COVID restrictions on Thanksgiving gathering sizes. Please be prepared to wait in line…
  • Please make sure your vehicle has gas in it! 🚗
  • There are no public restrooms at the Food Bank, please plan accordingly.
  • Please wait in you vehicle. Volunteers will collect your information from outside, and load your vehicle for you.
  • Please be patient with our volunteers … they are all community members (just like you) giving their time, and are joyfully taking on the cold rain, to help their community. 💕
  • Please bring a photo ID for yourself. If you are picking up for any other person, please have their ID with a note giving permission to pick up for them — or a snapshot/text/email of their ID from them works equally well.
  • We will close the line at 3pm.
    • All Community Members in line at that time will be served.

For Community Members on Foot:

  • If you are on foot, please line up along Thurston Ave…
  • Wear face coverings
  • Please stay vigilant about 6ft. safe distancing.
  • Please be dressed for Washington weather (rain, sun, wind, etc)
  • There are no public restrooms at the Food Bank -Please plan accordingly.
  • Please be patient with our volunteers … they are all community members (just like you) giving their time, and are joyfully taking on the cold rain, to help their community
  • Pease bring a photo ID for yourself.
  • We will close the line at 3pm.
    • All Community Members in line at that time will be served


🧡👍🧡 If you would like to help or volunteer, please email Allison at 🧡👍🧡

Thanksgiving Meals

We have so much to be thankful for!
We’ve been receiving many questions regarding Thanksgiving food distribution as well as volunteering.

Here are more details for you:


We will be distributing pre-built holiday food boxes and a meat option* — IN ADDITION to our regular distribution of pre-build boxes/bags — on Monday (11/23) and Wednesday (11/25) at our Downtown, CSC, location (220 Thurston Ave. NE, 98516).

This will be drive-up as well as walk-up distribution.

We will be distributing food from 11am – 3pm (last in line) on those two days from the Downtown location.

We, in partnership with St. Martin’s University, will be distributing the same pre-built boxes/bags and meat options* on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving (11/24). |

Distribution will take place in front of the Grand Staircase at St. Martin’s in Lacey (5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey 98503).

This will be drive-up distribution.

Food will be distributed from 10am – 1pm (last in line) on that Tuesday at St. Martin’s.

* Limit ONE (1) Holiday Box and Turkey (or Chicken) per Household (depending on size) while supplies last


In light of COVID, we will not be hosting the giant community Box-Build – we have historically enjoyed the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
We have limited spaces for small groups to help as distribution volunteers the week of Thanksgiving. There are also limited opportunities at our warehouse for individuals and groups to help.

If you’d like more information on volunteering,
please contact Allison Zusi: -or- (360)754-5703 x105

September 17 – Pop- Up Distribution Changed

St. Martin’s Pop-Up Distribution – Time Change

Due to extreme smoke in the area, and out of concern for staff and volunteers, the distribution hours have be truncated for this week.

We will be distributing food at St. Martins in Lacey
Thursday, Sept. 17 from 10AM – 12PM.

Afternoon distribution has been cancelled.

Full distribution will be available Friday, Sept. 18 at the Downtown Olympia location (220 Thurston Ave. NE 98516) from 11AM – 3PM. Drive-Up and Walk-Up distribution will be available to everybody.


We continue to pack and distributing food – now more than ever!!

With the introduction of Phase 3 in Thurston County, we are seeing many of our Phase 1 & 2 COVID-19 Volunteers go back to work, school and tend to family.

We need your help!

Volunteers are needed for all shifts at both the Warehouse Distribution Center [WDC] – in Tumwater, and the Client Service Center [CSC] – in Downtown Olympia.

If you are interested in learning more, or are able to help out, please contact Allison to learn more about shifts, locations and other opportunities.

Phone: (360) 352-8597 x 105