Thurston Food Rescue:

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Food Recovery program logoIn Thurston County, wasted food is the single-largest item currently going to the landfill. When businesses or residents throw away food it creates a number of issues. Find out why wasted food is an issue. Find out how you can help prevent good food from going to the landfill.



What Is Thurston Food Rescue?  

Thurston Food Rescue is a program organized by several food banks and community meal programs to safely collect surplus edible food for those in need by preventing good food from going to the landfill.

From 2015 to 2017, the program expanded to include other food banks and community meal programs around the County thanks to funds from a Coordinated Prevention Grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology and from Thurston County Public Works.

Check out our video to watch Thurston Food Rescue in action!



servingThere are multiple opportunities to help organizations rescue food.

Contact an organization today!

As a volunteer, you can help in many ways:
  • Provide transportation to pick up rescued food
  • Prepare, serve, or distribute food
  • Sort, repack,and inspect donations
  • Organize storage facilities
  • Support general operations


Please contact the organizations below to begin to find out how you can help rescue food.  

Catholic Community Services Downtown Olympia (360) 753-3340 (ext. 26)
Faith Harvest Helpers Lacey (360) 339-4729
Hidden Creek Community Church Olympia (west side) (360) 357-3739
Rochester Organization of Families (ROOF) Rochester (360) 273-6375
Salvation Army Downtown Olympia (360) 352-8596 (ext. 111)
Senior Services for South Sound Olympia, Lacey, & Yelm (360) 586-6181
Thurston County Food Bank Downtown Olympia, Tumwater (360) 352-8597 (ext. 107)
Turning Point Church Lacey (360) 458-8406

This is a list of agencies that were funded through a Coordinated Prevention Grant with funds from the Washington State Department of Ecology and Thurston County Public Works. This is not neccesarily a complete listing of all non-profit food banks and community meal programs in Thurston County. This list is not an endorsement of the agencies shown.




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