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Give Local 2022 a Success — Thank You!

Thank you so much for supporting the Thurston County Food Bank through Give Local 2022. Your generous donations totaled an astounding $51,740 — more than doubling our goal!! Your continued support helps sustain our work going forward — with the mission for 50 years of ending hunger in our community. Thank you for fostering hope and resilience by caring for our community — we truly are Stronger Together!

If you didn’t catch our final, short video story, please enjoy:
Shared Community Values.
(For a PDF of the video text and description only, click here.)

We value and appreciate the vision and support of the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound for hosting Give Local 2022. Together, our community raised $785,920 to sustain and grow the work of many local nonprofits — wow!

A Video Story Update for Give Local 2022

You’re invited to enjoy our latest short video story Stories from Withinwhere we share reflections from staff, clients and volunteers. (Turn on the sound 🙂) Our relationships bolster our work in the community!

Give Local 2022 ends Friday! Watch for our final story on Friday, and Learn, Share, Support at TCFB’s Give Local page!
Thank you!

(Click here for a PDF of the video text/script only)

Give Local 2022 Has Begun!

You’re invited to join Thurston County Food Bank for Give Local 2022!

Give Local is a regional celebration of generosity hosted by the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound and runs from November 7–18. In 2021, Give Local raised nearly $800,000 for 87 different nonprofits across Thurston, Mason, and Lewis Counties!

Please support our campaign by donating to TCFB today to help end hunger in our community! Thank you!

Food Bank appoints new CEO:  leadership and vision for the future.

Olympia, WA, October 18, 2022

Thurston County Food Bank Board of Directors has secured new leadership with the hiring of Jay Kang as its CEO.  This transition begins on November 1, 2022.    

Jay has been involved with both faith-based and community-based nonprofit organizations for over 35 years in various leadership roles serving the refugee and immigrant communities, most recently as Senior District Director at Lutheran Community Services Northwest.  Jay will be the organization’s first CEO as the Food Bank had been under the same Executive Director leadership for the past eighteen years.

The Board is excited to have Jay join the Thurston County Food Bank to guide the organization into the next 50 years. They are enthusiastic about introducing Jay to our South Sound community.   

Immigration and refugee work has been at the forefront of Jay’s professional career.  He was involved with the refugee council at the state level and continued this work with the Korean Women’s Association and Lutheran Community Services Northwest. Prior to these endeavors, Jay found his passion for social work at the Safefutures Youth Center and Neighborhood House.

The Thurston County Food Bank has continuously served our local community for 50 years, with a mission to eliminate hunger and a strategy of neighbor helping neighbor.  Our core philosophies are working to eliminate access barriers, prioritizing health, prioritizing children, and rescuing good food from going to waste.