Thurston Green Business Award 2024

Thurston County Food Bank is proud to be designated a Thurston Green Business again in 2024! Businesses like TCFB, who take steps to lower their environmental footprint, find that they save money while protecting and preserving resources.

How does TCFB take steps to support sustainability and improve the health of our community and environment?

🌞 We generate a substantial amount of energy at our three main locations through solar power.
♻ We do extensive recycling of paper and cardboard.
🐖 We donate food waste to local livestock farmers.
🚚 We participate in an extensive grocery rescue program.
🥕 We rescue surplus produce from local farmers and gardeners through our Gleaning Program, increasing access to nutritious food while reducing food waste. Each year, we glean an average 26,000–30,000 pounds of local produce!
♻ Thurston County Lions Clubs have teamed up with TCFB and the Trex Company to collect and recycle soft film plastic that local recyclers don’t accept (~19,000 lbs. from 2021–2023!) — to eventually become outdoor furniture!

🌎 We built our Lacey’s Food Pantry to achieve LEED certification — a globally recognized sustainability rating system. LEED certified buildings save money, improve efficiency, lower carbon emissions and create healthier places for people.

Thank you to Thurston County Chamber‘s Thurston Green Business for acknowledging green businesses in our community, and to everyone who stopped by our table to chat and share information!