2017 logo for the Annual Turkey Challenge

During Thanksgiving and Christmas, most of us sit down to share a warm meal with family and friends. What we often don’t see is hundreds of families in our community have to wait in a line outside, in the cold in hopes of receiving food from the Kent Food Bank. In order to give these families a memorable Thanksgiving, the community can join together in a holiday food drive during the 7th Annual Kent Turkey Challenge from Oct. 12 – Nov. 15, 2017 with the goal of raising $25,000 and 10,000 pounds of food.


What is the Annual Turkey Challenge?

Getting the food ready for distribution

Every year the Annual Kent Turkey Challenge in Kent, Wash., grows in popularity and competition continues to mount between the local businesses and organizations involved. During the 7th Annual Kent Turkey Challenge we will see who can collect and raise the most food and monetary donations for the Kent Food Bank. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event are given to local Kent families to combat hunger during the holiday season. We will drop off boxes for donations between Oct. 12-13, and then pick up all donations between Nov. 14-15, and bring them to the food bank Nov. 16-17.


Turkey  Challenge in the past 

Over the past six years, donations to the Kent Food Bank from the Annual Kent Turkey Challenge total more than $111,976 and 33,560 pounds of food, feeding thousands of families that would otherwise go without a Thanksgiving meal. See the Annual Turkey Challenge winners of 2016:

Such a great display for the Challenge from Hanis Irvine Prothero!


Top 5 businesses that collected the most money in 2016

Top 5 businesses that collected the most food in 2016


Things to expect this year

There are even more exciting things going on this year for the City of Kent and the Annual Turkey Challenge. We’d like to thank everyone that contributes to the Kent Turkey Challenge by sharing the details with our community below:

Sara and her colleague Samuel Nokes brought the Enterprise Holdings Foundation donation check

  • July 2017: The 7th Annual Turkey Challenge receives its first donation from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation!
  • The Kent City Council and Mayor Suzette Cooke will be announcing an official proclamation of the Turkey Challenge at the City Council meeting on Oct. 3
  • The Seattle-Tacoma Box Company donated boxes to use for the Challenge. The boxes will be distributed to participating businesses for collecting donations
  • Get updates from ILoveKent.net for the Turkey Challenge
  • Look for Turkey Challenge details in the Kent Chamber and Kent Downtown Partnership newsletters
  • The Kent Reporter is spotlighting the top five leaders of the Challenge every week

We at Torklift Central will list every contributing organization on the Leader Board, located here. Follow along as we’ll also have a tabulation of the total contributions the community has collected.


We need your support!

The Torklift Central team and Kent Food Bank volunteers unload food donations in 2016

Torklift Central asks for your support to make the 7th Annual Kent Turkey Challenge the most successful to date. This is an opportunity for us to make a lasting positive impact in the lives of families that are searching for hope during the holiday season.


The 7th Annual Kent Turkey Challenge is also a great way for businesses to have a friendly competition with each other while also being involved with fundraising and the food drive. Not only will the Kent Reporter highlight the top 5 leaders of the competition each week, but we will also be spotlighting the leading businesses and organizations on Facebook and e-newsletters.


With your help, we can reach our 7th Anniversary goal of $25,000 and 10,000 pounds of food. To fight hunger with us and participate in this Kent food drive, please contact the Marketing Department at: [email protected].



Torklift Central
315 Central Ave N. Kent, WA 98032
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Written by Kerstin Stokes:

As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels.