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Food Bank appoints new CEO:  leadership and vision for the future.

Olympia, WA, October 18, 2022

Thurston County Food Bank Board of Directors has secured new leadership with the hiring of Jay Kang as its CEO.  This transition begins on November 1, 2022.    

Jay has been involved with both faith-based and community-based nonprofit organizations for over 35 years in various leadership roles serving the refugee and immigrant communities, most recently as Senior District Director at Lutheran Community Services Northwest.  Jay will be the organization’s first CEO as the Food Bank had been under the same Executive Director leadership for the past eighteen years.

The Board is excited to have Jay join the Thurston County Food Bank to guide the organization into the next 50 years. They are enthusiastic about introducing Jay to our South Sound community.   

Immigration and refugee work has been at the forefront of Jay’s professional career.  He was involved with the refugee council at the state level and continued this work with the Korean Women’s Association and Lutheran Community Services Northwest. Prior to these endeavors, Jay found his passion for social work at the Safefutures Youth Center and Neighborhood House.

The Thurston County Food Bank has continuously served our local community for 50 years, with a mission to eliminate hunger and a strategy of neighbor helping neighbor.  Our core philosophies are working to eliminate access barriers, prioritizing health, prioritizing children, and rescuing good food from going to waste.

Mask Use Update

Based on Thurston County’s current COVID transmission risk, masks are no longer required. However, the Thurston County Food Bank STRONGLY RECOMMENDS and ENCOURAGES that you wear a mask while volunteering or visiting our service locations. Let’s help keep our community healthy! Thank You!

Basándose en el riesgo actual de transmisión de COVID en el condado de Thurston, las máscaras ya no son obligatorias. Sin embargo, el Banco de Comida de Thurston County RECOMIENDA y ALIENTA ENCARECIDAMENTE que lleve una mascarilla mientras usted esta de voluntario o visitando nuestro establecimiento. ¡Ayudemos a mantener la salud de nuestra comunidad! ¡Muchas gracias!

Lacey’s Food Pantry expanded service hours!

IMPORTANT SERVICE CHANGE! Lacey’s Food Pantry has expanded food distribution/client services hours! These are permanent changes and only apply to our Lacey’s Food Pantry at 7027 Martin Way E, Olympia, WA 98516:

Starting this Wednesday, July 13, food distribution will be offered every 2nd Wednesday of the month, from 4:00–6:00 pm.

Tuesday and Thursday service has been extended, running from 10:00 am–2:00 pm.

SUMMER LUNCH is HERE!

TCFB’s Summer Lunch Program will be up and running on Tuesday July 5th!! FREE lunches for children ages 1–18 will be offered at the following sites and times, from July 5 – August 31:

Courtside Apartments, from 11:30–11:45 am
515 Courtside St, Olympia 98502
(By the park/pool house)

Deschutes Cove, from 12:05–12:20 pm
7201 Henderson Blvd, Olympia 98501
(By the park; meals must be eaten on site)

College Glen, from 12:35–12:50 pm
4870 55th Ln SE, Lacey 98503
(By the park & front offices; meals must be eaten on site)

Rainier Vista Mobile Home Park, from 1:05–1:20 pm
8530 Steilacoom Rd SE, Lacey 98513
(By the mailboxes)

We will have ‘Free Lunch Theme Days’!
• Monday: Double Sticker Day • Tuesday: Pizza Day • Wednesday: Fruits and Veggies • Thursday: Treats and Sweets • Friday: Weekend Goodies