Thurston County Food Recovery: Keep good food from going to waste!

What is Thurston County Food Recovery

Thurston County Food Recovery is a program currently provided through the Thurston County Food Bank that keeps surplus edible food from going to waste. In 2016, the program will expand to include other food donation organizations around the County.

Restaurants, caterers, hospitals, grocery stores and schools often prepare food that does not always end up getting served. Maybe it’s a tray of pasta that only a few customers ordered or a platter of sandwiches that went unserved.

The Thurston County Food Bank picks up your extra food, repackages it, and distributes it to our community.

Check out our video to watch Thurston County Food Recovery in action!

How does it work?

woman packing pizza

Can I be held liable?

State and federal laws protects organizations from liability whenever they donate food they believe to be safe.

Learn more about Washington’s Good Samaritan law.

Learn more about the federal Good Samaritan law.

Which businesses can donate?

food bank volunteers package donated pizza

Thurston County Food Recovery is not limited to just restaurants. Almost any business or organization that produces or serves food can donate. Currently there are schools, grocery stores, caterers, coffee shops, hotels, and local restaurants participating in the program. Stores can donate prepared foods, produce, meat, dairy, and more!

Where can individuals donate food?

Many groups in Thurston County collect food for distribution. See a list of food banks to find a location in your area. Please contact the organizations directly for drop-off locations and hours.

Join Thurston County Food Recovery!

To join Thurston County Food Recovery contact Heather Sundean with the Thurston County Food Bank at 754-5703 or

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