History and MilestonesMark Taylor2023-08-14T13:57:35-07:00
History and Milestones
Humble Beginnings and Over 50 Years Serving the Community
Thurston County Food Bank Milestones
The First Food Pantry is Established
The organization Neighbors in Need of Thurston County was incorporated as an independent charity and was managed by representatives from several local churches. Food was purchased with funding from a small state grant and individual donations, and in borrowed space in the basement of the First Christian Church, volunteers began distributing that food to community members.
1973 to 1978 — Thurston County Food Bank is Born
In 1973 Neighbors in Need of Thurston County received tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service and in October of 1978, officially changed its name to Thurston County Food Bank.
Olympia Food Pantry
In 1993 the Food Bank purchased it’s first building at 220 Thurston Avenue NE in Olympia and opened its doors in 1994 where it continues to operate. It houses a food pantry that has greatly expanded from our humble beginnings in the church basement and a client services center that provides information, referrals, and assistance for accessing additional community services.
2014 to 2016 — The Tumwater Warehouse and Distribution Center
In 2014 the Food Bank purchased the property at 2260 Mottman Road SW in Tumwater to serve as a regional distribution center. The center opened in 2016 and includes a 25,000 square foot warehouse and office space that includes our administrative offices.
2017 to 2021 — Lacey Food Pantry
Through funding from the Compassionate Community Project, the Food Bank purchased the property at 7027 Martin Way E in Olympia in 2017 and work began on a veterans’ therapeutic garden. In 2019 the Farm Stand opened at this location with a primary focus on providing fresh, nutritious produce. It is open select Saturdays during the growing season.
After extensive renovations and delays due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Lacey Food Pantry was opened in 2021. It now houses a pantry and client services center, offering the same services as our Olympia Food Pantry.
The Food Bank Celebrates 50 Years
Thurston County Food Bank celebrates it’s 50th Anniversary serving the community.
Thurston County Food Bank Rebrands!
In 2023 Thurston County Food Bank rebranded with a fresh new look. We hope you enjoy our updated logo and website!
A very special thanks to our website renovation funder: