The Community Kitchen

Services Available:

The Community Kitchen serves nutritious lunch and dinner meals on Monday through Saturday throughout the year.  We are currently closed on Sundays.

The Kitchen is located at 808 5th Ave SE – just east of Plum in downtown Olympia.

Meal Times:

Lunch – 11 am until 12 pm

Dinner – 5 pm until 6 pm

Become a Volunteer

To volunteer, email our Community Involvement Coordinator.  They will connect you with a crew that needs help with a specific meal. Lunch crew members arrive at 9 am and work until 12:30 pm. Dinner crews arrive at 2:30 pm to help prepare and serve the meal.  Some crews have volunteers that arrive only to help serve at 4:30 pm.  All dinner crew members are asked to stay and clean-up until 6:30 pm.

Email Peter Epperson (Community Involvement Coordinator) or call him at 253-642-7514 to find out more about volunteering.  Please share with him: 1) what days and times work best for you, 2) if you want to volunteer once a month or more, and 3) whether you want to help with lunch or dinner.

Once a volunteer schedule has been worked out, he will email you a map to The Community Kitchen. The map shows where to park for free and where to enter The Community Kitchen.

Volunteering at The Community Kitchen is easy.  Once you arrive, you’ll put on a Catholic Community Services apron, wash your hands, put on provided sterile gloves, wear a mask properly that we provide, and ask your crew leader for an assignment.

After volunteering, you’ll go away smiling, feeling good (having worked with fun people), and happy knowing you made a difference in the lives of others.  Feeding your neighbors a nutritious meal brings joy and hope to all.


The Community Kitchen is a program of the Thurston Family Center

Peter Epperson
Community Involvement Coordinator
Phone: (253) 642-7514


To volunteer, please contact Peter Epperson,

Turtle Mizell
Kitchen Supervisor

Peter Epperson
Community Involvement Coordinator

Gabriel Ash
Program Director

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