Campus Food Bank

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

TESC 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 pm – 6 pm in the CCBLA including week 1 of each quarter and evaluation week. Updates on closures will be posted in the CCBLA and Greener Commons. 

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 ask that 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.

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

How do I use the Food Bank?

The TESC 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 two types of visits:

  • Full Visits (limited to 15 visits per calendar year at all TCFB Distribution sites):  A full visit allows you to pick up an unlimited* amount of fruits, vegetables, bread/pastries, and refrigerated items. You are also allowed to pick up a limited** amount of canned goods and shelf stable items.
  • Supplemental Visits (unlimited visits at all TCFB Distribution sites): A supplemental visit allows you to pick up an unlimited* amount of fruits, vegetables, bread/pastries, and refrigerated items. Canned goods and shelf-stable items are NOT included in supplemental visits.

*Although there are no restrictions on the amount of produce a person can take, we ask that you take what you can use while being considerate of others who use the food bank.

**The amount of canned goods and shelf-stable items (cereal, pasta, rice, etc.) is determined by household size and is labeled on the shelves in the food bank.

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 TESC 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 (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 coordinatorRichelle Enriquez or visit the Food Bank office (Seminar II E2125) in the CCBLA. Richelle’s office hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10 am – 6 pm.

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: begins at 3 pm.
  • Distribution.
  • Clean-up: ends at around 6:15 pm.

You are welcome to drop in during set up or schedule a volunteer training session with Richelle.

For more information on volunteer tasks, please see TESC Satellite Food Bank Volunteer Guide (PDF).

For more information, please visit the Thurston County Food Bank.

For more information about the TESC Satellite Food Bank, contact the 2018-2019 AmeriCorps VISTA/Hunger Free Coordinator Richelle Enriquez.