Programs

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Visits are free of charge There are no income guidelines to access regular services at the food bank.

How often can I visit?

We practice the Drive-Up and Walk-Up Distribution Model. We load items into your vehicle, or bring them outside if you are on foot. 

You may make make one visit a week for a box of food and you may also visit once a week for a supplemental bag of fresh items (contents vary depending on availability

What food can I get?

Our basic service is a week’s worth of food for each family, this may include the following items:

  • Fresh produce
  • Frozen meat or plant-based protein
  • Bakery items
  • Dairy and deli products
  • Frozen foods
  • Canned and dry items

Other Supplies

  • Any time you visit:
    • 3 day supply of Baby food sorted by stages 1-3 is available. This includes  formula (milk or soy based).
    • Newborn Baby bags
    • Incontinence and menstrual care supplies (downtown only)
    • Emergency personal care items. You must ask for these.(downtown only)
  • Other Bank Supplies for Adults cleaning and personal care products. given out once a month at:
    • Lacey’s Food Pantry in the 2nd week of the month
    • Olympia’s Food Pantry downtown on the 2nd Wednesday of the month
    • Check the schedule for the exact date
  • Nutritionals Based on availability, Ensure and other liquid nutritionals are available on request as a meal supplement or replacement.
  • Birthday bagsFor parents with children (up to age 12), bags with small gifts, books, and party favors are available to support a family celebration. The bags are designed to be age and gender appropriate.

Seasonal Programs:

TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program)

These federal commodities are distributed on a first come first served basis, starting the first of each month, to those who claim to meet income guidelines. Although the amount and quantity is limited, it is offered in addition to the basic food bag. Service level is based on the household and scaled up for larger families.

CSFP (The Commodities Supplemental Food Program)

This case-managed federal program targets seniors over the age of 60. Eligibility requirements must be met before receiving services and are verified annually. The amount of food is consistent from month to month and offered in addition to our other services. Home delivery is available upon request.

Holiday Meal Baskets

In addition to our regular food bags, meal baskets are prepared and distributed for Thanksgiving.

FORKids (For Kids Program)

Please contact your child’s school for more information on how to access this service.

This is our school backpack meal program which targets hungry children. Two days worth of kid-friendly foods are provided on Fridays at area elementary schools. This program creates a community support bridge for the Free and Reduced School Lunch (Breakfast) Program.

Summer Lunch Program

Healthy sack lunches are distributed to children during the summer when school lunches are not available. Services are targeted to low income children, and offered through summer programs and a mobile meal program traveling to various neighborhoods on a fixed schedule.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Education and Outreach

Under this USDA Program, we assist clients in completing the SNAP (food stamps) application and provide help negotiating the system. The goal is to improve access to food stamp benefits.

Food Sampling Events

This service is temporarily postponed due to COVID-19

The Food Bank currently has two to three monthly food sampling events. With the help of volunteers and our nutrition educators, delicious food samples are prepared for clients. The focus is the importance of the preparation and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables with a goal of a 15% increase in these nutritious foods within a year’s time. In addition to food samples, we offer recipes, basic cooking tips and ideas, and recipe kits. This program is partially funded through the SNAP-Ed Federal Grant.

School Gardens

The Food Bank supports school gardens in our service area as a way to provide fresh, nutritious produce to low-income students. Some school gardens donate a portion of their produce to the Food Bank in exchange for summer garden tending and watering. The Food Bank provides more intensive support to schools that have large numbers of students in the FORKids weekend food program.

Mobile Food Bank System

This service is provided to community members living in targeted, low-income housing where  – circumstances create access barriers to those in need of food bank services. We deliver to the housing location For a list of locations and contact information, click here.

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