Well Fed, Well Read: Thurston County Nonprofits Accepting Book and Food Donations To Help Local Children in Need


Submitted by Office of the Secretary of State

The Washington State Combined Fund Drive (CFD) is hosting two food and book drives where people can donate new and gently used children’s books and healthy, nonperishable, and single-serving foods for Thurston County children in need.

The drop-off events are part of CFD’s Well Fed, Well Read, a partnership with the South Sound Reading Foundation and Thurston County Food Bank to help reduce hunger and increase literacy in Thurston County communities.

Donations are being accepted from the public, as well as state employees and retirees through the CFD. For more information, including drop-off location maps and a list of the most needed items, visit the Combined Fund Drive webpage. The CFD also accepts online donations via credit card here.


  • Wednesday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Winged Victory Monument at the Capitol Campus

302 Sid Snyder Ave. SW, Olympia

  • Friday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Washington Department of Labor & Industries

7273 Linderson Way SW, Tumwater


  • State employees and community members donating items at drop-off locations
  • Volunteers from South Sound Reading Foundation, Thurston County Food Bank, and CFD collecting items and loading trucks for transport
  • Interview opportunities with Secretary of State Steve Hobbs (April 12) and CFD, South Sound Reading Foundation, and Thurston County Food Bank representatives

The CFD is Washington state’s workplace giving program for active and retired public and higher-education employees. The CFD encourages employees and retirees to support the charities of their choice through payroll deductions, one-time contributions, agency fundraising events, and volunteerism. Since its inception, the CFD has raised more than $160 million and evolved into a model of state philanthropy.

The CFD is overseen by the Office of the Secretary of State and is registered with Washington state’s charities program as required by law.

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