Campus Food Bank

Campus Food Bank will be closed during Evergreen's Break weeks Nov 25-29, 
2019 and Dec 23 - Jan 6, 2020 

Evergreen Satellite Food Bank In partnership with the Thurston County Food Bank

The Evergreen State College Satellite Food Bank, located in the Center for Community Based Learning and Action (CCBLA), was established in 2012 to increase access to food for Evergreen students and members of the community. We are a satellite location of the Thurston County Food Bank (TCFB) and receive a weekly delivery of fresh produce, as well as refrigerated and shelf stable items, from the TCFB.

We are open every Tuesday from 4:00pm – 6:00pm in the CCBLA, located in SemII E2115. This includes week one of each quarter and evaluation week. We are occasionally closed during campus breaks. Updates on closures will be posted in the CCBLA.

Who can use the Food Bank?

Everyone is welcome to receive food from the food bank. Absolutely no one is turned away.

It’s my first time at the Food Bank. Do I have to fill out any forms?

If you are new to the Food Bank, we will have you fill out an intake form so that we can add your name to our intake system. Because we are a satellite location of the Thurston County Food Bank, we use the same database to keep better track of the people who use its services. None of the information you choose to provide will affect your eligibility to use the food bank. The information is used for statistical purposes and to let us know what type of services we should provide to better serve the community. You do NOT need n Evergreen ID, driver’s license, or other form of identification. All information given is voluntary.

If you are picking up food for members of your household, you will need to provide their information on the back of the Client Intake Form.

How do I use the Food Bank?

The Evergreen State College Satellite Food Bank utilizes a shopping model similar to the TCFB Client Services Center in Downtown Olympia. Please sign in at the check in table every time you visit the food bank. If you are new or have not visited since July 2018, we will ask you to fill out a Client Intake Form. We offer three types of visits:

  • Full Visits (limited to 15 per calendar year at all TCFB Distribution sites): A full visit allows you to pick up bread, produce, pastries, dairy, meat, eggs, PLUS shelf stable + canned goods such as rice, pasta, canned protein, canned fruit, canned vegetables, peanut butter, cereal, oats, soup, etc.
  • Partial Visits (limited to 15 per calendar year at all TCFB distribution sites): A partial visit allows you to pick • up bread, produce, pastries, dairy, meat, and eggs.
  • Supplemental Visits (unlimited visits at all TCFB Distribution sites): A supplemental visit allows you to pick up • bread, produce, and pastries.

The amount of each type of item an individual can take is determined by household size. We have guidelines posted for every item. We encourage folks to bring their own reusable grocery bag/backpack when they visit the food bank. We rely on donations from the community to provide boxes, paper and reusable bags in the CCBLA.

How can I donate to the Evergreen Satellite Food Bank?

Shelf-stable food items can be donated in the CCBLA on weekdays in the cylindrical blue bin that says “Thurston County Food Bank.” Please note that the following items are not acceptable to be donated:

  • Previously opened and eaten food items
  • Alcohol
  • Pet food with no labels/ingredients list
  • Rusty, dented, and/or leaky canned food
  • Medicine, vitamins, supplements
  • Food self-stored in a mason/glass jar or plastic container
  • Homemade food

Bags, both paper and reusable, can also be donated in the CCBLA by the cylindrical blue bin.

Can I volunteer at the Food Bank?

Absolutely! Please email the campus food bank coordinator, Sheridan Turner. You can also call (360) 867-6866 and leave a message. Email is preferred and will ensure a quicker response.

Volunteering is set up into 3 sections:

  • Set-up: 2:00 to 4:00
  • Distribution: 4:00 to 6:00
  • Clean-up: 5:45 to 6:30

For more information, please visit the Thurston County Food Bank

For more information about the Evergreen Satellite Food Bank, contact the 2019-2020 AmeriCorps VISTA Hunger Free Coordinator Sheridan Turner.