Thurston County School Districts provide free meals during COVID-19 closures | KNKX
  • MARCH 19 - MAY 30
  • Various locations (Thurston County free meals during COVID-19), Thurston County
  • March 19, 2020 to
    May 30, 2020
  • Categories: Kids & Family, Food Events

Event Details

  • March 19, 2020 to
    May 30, 2020
  • 12:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Free
  • See websites in event description for more information.


  • Various locations (Thurston County free meals during COVID-19)
  • Thurston County, WA

Event Description

During these upcoming weeks when school is closed—groups are working to feed Thurston County’s nearly 45,000 students until a new normal is established.

The Olympia School District will provide meal bags that include that day’s lunch and a breakfast for the next day. These are handed out between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at every one of their elementary schools, Jefferson Middle School, and six community sites.
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Tumwater School District will also provide meals at four of their district schools. Pick-ups can be between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Like the OSD, they’ll do walk-up or car side delivery for kids under 18 who are present at the time.
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North Thurston School District will offer meals at all elementary schools as well as Salish Middle School from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. daily. Meals are for students under the age of 18 and special education students between 19 and 21.
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Homeless Backpacks
All three school districts also partnering with the Thurston County Food Bank and Homeless Backpacks to provide meals over the weekend. More information:
Thurston County Food Bank -
Homeless Backpacks -

Families can shop the Thurston County Food Bank every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., first and third Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., or second and fourth Wednesdays from 5:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Homeless Backpacks provides weekend food to students grades K-12 in Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, Yelm, Rainier, Tenino and Rochester. They are still offering their services every Friday but doing so in conjunction with that area’s local school districts. Call 360-628-8631 to find your nearest contact person.