Posted by Trudy Soucoup on Aug 02, 2017
Robert Coit, Rotarian and Executive Director of the Thurston County Food Bank, joined us to describe the first Compassionate Community Project for the City of Lacey.  A new food bank location, which will add a fresh food market and the GRuB Victory Garden is in the works for the Tanglewilde area.

To better serve the Lacey community the Thurston County Food Bank will be establishing a Client Service Center in Lacey, what we are referring to as “Lacey’s Food Bank”. 

This new Client Services Center would operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday to compliment the Monday, Wednesday and Friday schedule of the Olympia location.  Services would be designated to focus on fresh nutrient dense foods, frozen meat, dairy and produce.  Non-perishables will be provided using the shopping or choice model where a client chooses the food they take home.  This practice increases the dignity of those using our service, allow clients to choose the food most appropriate to meet their dietary needs, and cultural preferences. 

Special populations such as older Americans or those with disabilities, families with young children, and veterans will be served with special hours or days of service, enabling more targeted services and coordination with key stakeholders.  Wrap-around services such as Basic Food application assistance, information and referrals and nutrition education will be offered on site and targeted to meet specific needs. 

Additionally, one of our partners will be GRuB who plans to locate their Victory Garden, a program for Veterans, on this Lacey site.  This project has been designated as the first Compassionate Community Project recognized and supported by the City of Lacey, the North Thurston School District and the Lacey South Sound Chamber.