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.
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.
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.
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 - https://thurstoncountyfoodbank.org/
Homeless Backpacks - https://homelessbackpacks.org/
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.