Category Archives: Drive Up

Downtown Oly pantry Change

Monday, May 17 & Wednesday, May 19 at TCFB’s downtown Olympia Food Pantry because of construction on Franklin St.

Cars please drive toward the Farmers Market on Washington St., turn right on A Ave. and then right on Franklin St. to the food pantry parking lot loading area.

Walk-up clients will get food along the Thurston Ave side of the TCFB building.

There will be flaggers and signs to help direct traffic, but please EXPECT SOME DELAYS. Due to logging trucks (100+ a day) traveling to and from the Port via Franklin St., our regular food distribution will be re-routed (see map below).

If you don’t want to brave the construction please try Lacey or Tumwater later in the week:

In Lacey, Tuesday, May 18 & Thursday, May 20 from 10am–1pm:
Pop-Up at Lacey’s Food Pantry
7027 Martin Way E, Olympia, WA 98516

In Tumwater, Thursday, May 20 from 10am–1pm:
Pop-Up at Mountain View Church
940 Israel Rd SW, Tumwater, WA 98501

Inclement Weather

Just a friendly reminder – as we are looking down the barrel of an oncoming snow storm – please be safe.

The safety of our clients, volunteers and staff is our #1 concern.
If you find yourself faced with dangerous driving conditions, please stay home until it is safe to drive on the roads.

We will keep Facebook updated as to any delayed distribution times or potential closures.
Thurston County Food Bank | Facebook

THANK YOU for taking care of yourself, your families, and this community – please stay safe.

2021 Visit Structure update

I’m certain we speak for everybody when we heave a giant sigh as we change the calendars to 2021! In the New Year, we are updating Thurston County Food Bank’s visit structure.

As you may be aware, when COVID first struck, we changed not only our distribution model, but visit structure. We changed the visits from set counts and defined visits – to “unlimited” visits in the pre-bagged/boxed model. This was done in response to COVID – and all that the pandemic brought.

Beginning January 4, 2021, the visit structure will change to a maximum visit of
1 VISIT PER WEEK – PER HOUSEHOLD.

We will continue to operate distributing pre-bagged/boxed foods using our drive-up distribution models(as well as walk-up at our Client Service Center for those without vehicles, on foot or taking busses). It should be also noted, Thurston County Food Bank continues to need volunteers at all locations as we enter 2021. Through everything our Community has been through this past year, we are grateful for the phenomenal people we have around us – supporting each other through these difficult times.

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 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:

DISTRIBUTION:

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, Olympia Food Pantry, 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

VOLUNTEERING:

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:
gleaning@thurstoncountyfoodbank.org -or- (360)754-5703 x105