Thurston County Food Recovery Enhancement

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Grant program - Applications due December 18th at 4 p.m.

Food Recovery program logoThurston County Solid Waste is soliciting proposals from eligible non-profit community organizations for projects that enhance the countywide capacity of our food donation system to safely collect, process, store, and distribute surplus edible food. These include proposals for projects that build on or expand existing capacity, as well as new initiatives. Eligible organizations include food pantries, churches, and feeding programs.

Why is Thurston County Solid Waste interested in feeding people?

In 2014, 17 percent or 26,850 tons of Thurston County’s trash was food. And 43 percent or 12,500 tons of this food was edible before it was landfilled. In Thurston County, one in 6 households does not have a secure source of food. This grant opportunity follows the Environmental Protection Agency’s food recovery hierarchy and builds on a similar food recovery program launched in 2013.

For more information on wasted food in Thurston County visit


Key Dates

October 12 Grant Application Window Opens
October 29 Orientation Meeting*applicants encouraged to attend.
Please RSVP to or 360-867-2283.
December 4 Applications for "Courtesy" Review Due
Applicants encouraged to submit early for feedback.
December 18 Grant Applications Due
2016 -  2017
January 8 Application Review - Round 1 complete
January 29 Awards Announced - Application Review - Round 2 complete
March - April Facility and vehicle modifications begin, equipment purchases and installations occur.
May – June Thurston County begins outreach to businesses to increase donations and to the community to recruit volunteers.
May 2016 – June 2017 Food recovery, data reporting, and project monitoring.
June 2017 Final reporting and future planning.

*Orientation meeting will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the Thurston Regional Planning Council
2424 Heritage Court SW, Suite A, Olympia, WA 98502.



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