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Torklift Central's 9th Annual Kent Turkey Challenge

  • 10,573 poundsFood Collected

    Goal - 10,000 POUNDS

  • $16,762Cash Collected

    Goal - $25,000

The 9th Annual Kent Turkey Challenge Logo
The 9th Annual Kent Turkey Challenge Logo

What is the Annual Turkey Challenge?

During the holiday’s many of us sit down to share a warm Thanksgiving meal with our families and friends while hundreds of families in our community stand in lines in the hopes of getting food from the Kent Food Bank. Bundled up against the cold and waiting for the doors to open, these families are filled with an optimism that they will be able to give thanks with their loved ones and not have to go hungry for Thanksgiving and the Christmas season.

In order to give them a memorable Thanksgiving and holiday season, the community can join together for the 9th Annual Kent Turkey Challenge and help out our neighbors with a goal of raising $25,000 and 10,000 pounds of food.

Dropping off food from the 7th Annual Kent Turkey Challenge
Dropping off food from the 8th Annual Kent Turkey Challenge


Who does this benefit?

In 2011, the Kent Food Bank lost a large portion of their funding during Thanksgiving, leaving many scrambling to find ways to feed their families. This deeply impacted the community and Torklift Central responded by organizing the first ever Kent Turkey Challenge. 

Over the past eight years, donations to the Kent Food Bank from the Annual Kent Turkey Challenge total more than $158,398 and 55,566 pounds of food, feeding thousands of people that would otherwise go without a Thanksgiving meal. Last year, the turkey challenge raised so much money that the food bank was also able to purchase turkeys and chickens, as well as real butter, fresh celery and fresh sweet potatoes.


Some donations from Hanis Irvine Prothero during the 2018 Challenge

Some donations from Hanis Irvine Prothero during the 2018 Challenge


One of our previous entries for the Turkey Challenge Coloring Contest!

What has the Turkey Challenge Accomplished?

Every year the Annual Kent Turkey Challenge grows in popularity and competition between the local businesses and organizations involved. Last year alone we had 79 businesses join! A friendly rivalry, the Annual Kent Turkey Challenge is to see who can collect and raise the most food and monetary donations for the Kent Food Bank. One hundred percent of the proceeds are given to local Kent families that are combating hunger during Thanksgiving and year-round. At each of the participating businesses, you can donate canned food or if you prefer, for every $10 donation, you can put your name on a paper turkey for it to be displayed as a thank you for your donation!

For some added fun, the 9th Annual Kent Turkey Challenge is hosting a kids coloring contest. Children of all ages are welcome to compete for many prizes including an electric Razor scooter. The winning class of each school that participates will get a cookie party after the challenge has completed as a thank you for helping with the challenge. 


The coloring contest winners from the 8th Annual Kent Turkey Challenge!


Win A Trip to Las Vegas!

For those who are over 18 and are interested in winning a trip to Las Vegas – this contest is for you!  Businesses and other participants can join us on Facebook to win a weekend stay for two in Las Vegas (hotel and airfare included).

Example of a Facebook post you can share to enter to win! 

Here’s how to win:

  • Participate in the 9th Annual Kent Turkey Challenge

  • Post a photo of your donations on Torklift Central’s Facebook: facebook.com/TorkliftCentral

  • Add the caption: “Participating in the 9th Annual #KentTurkeyChallenge”
  • Participants can enter once per day

The Torklift team will vote on the best photos and prizes will be awarded once the 9th Annual Kent Turkey Challenge has concluded!

We ask for your support to make the 9th Annual Kent Turkey Challenge the most successful to date. As a community, this is an opportunity for us to make a lasting positive impact in the lives of families by making sure everyone gets a Thanksgiving meal.

The Annual Kent Turkey Challenge is not just about food; it’s about making memories with loved ones. It’s about making sure parents can give their children the memory of a bountiful and happy Thanksgiving.


The 8th Annual Kent Turkey Challenge proclamation in 2018

What's Happening for 2019?

Some great things that are going on this year for the 9th Annual Turkey Challenge:

  • The Kent City Council and Mayor will be announcing an official proclamation of the Turkey Challenge at the City Council meeting
  • The Seattle-Tacoma Box Company and The BoxMaker 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

On the Torklift Central website, we will list every contributing organization on the leader board which is located below. A counter of the total contributions the community has collected above will also tabulate how much our community has left to go before we reach our goal! We will also be showcasing the leaders of the challenge through our blog, e-newsletters and on our Facebook.


With your help, we can reach our ninth anniversary goal that every family in our community will be able to share a special holiday meal and that no household will have to go hungry on Thanksgiving.


I'm interested! How do I join?

To participate in the 9th Annual Kent Turkey Challenge, please contact Kerstin at: [email protected] or enter in the "Join the Turkey Challenge" form below.


Join the Turkey Challenge



The Kent Reporter
The Seattle Tacoma Box Company
I Love Kent .net
The Kent Chamber of Commerce

The Kent Chamber of Commerce

The Kent Downtown Partnership
The Kent Chamber of Commerce


Contest Leaderboard 

We want to recognize the individual contributions of each business. There is no donation too small as every bit helps. We want to thank each of these businesses for their continued support and donation efforts.



11,762 cans

  • 1,863 CANSGrass Lake Elementary School

  • 1,791 CANSSeattle / Tacoma KOA

  • 1,172 CANSKent CrossFit

  • 448 CANSAnytime Fitness

  • 436 CANSBlinker Tavern

  • 428 CANSMaplehurst Bakery

  • 414 CANSSpringbrook Elementary School

  • 324 CANSGonnason Boats

  • 300 CANSKent United Methodist Church

  • 288 CANSBenson Vision Source

  • 285 CANSChateau at Valley Center, Residents and Employees

  • 283 CANSEberle Vivian

  • 278 CANSTorklift

  • 270 CANSCity of Kent

  • 210 CANSRomaine Electric

  • 205 CANSNational Event Pros

  • 200 CANSPolly Shepherd and Greg Girard

  • 161 CANSHolmes Electric

  • 158 CANSRunning Stitch Fabrics

  • 158 CANSKent Downtown Partnership

  • 155 CANSHanis Irvine Prothero

  • 129 CANSMasTec Network Solutions

  • 127 CANSEdward Jones - Kevin Hasslinger

  • 123 CANSShine On Signs and Graphics

  • 110 CANSCurran Law Firm

  • 107 CANSPacific Power Group

  • 106 CANSMedoSweet Farms

  • 95 CANSBell-Anderson & Associates LLC

  • 89 CANSShannon and Associates

  • 85 CANSUTOPIA Seattle

  • 69 CANSSkcac Industries and Employment Services

  • 67 CANSZ-Ultimate Defense Studios

  • 61 CANSMeridian Dental Clinic

  • 52 CANSAFL Hyperscale/ The Light Brigade

  • 49 CANSAround the Clock INC.

  • 47 CANSKent Performance Auto Center

  • 44 CANSMcMonigle Veterinary Hospital

  • 42 CANSStafford Suites Senior Apartments

  • 41 CANSThermo King Northwest

  • 35 CANSLucky Dog Auto Glass

  • 35 CANSPegasus Northwest Inc.

  • 34 CANSFlynn Chiropractic Clinic

  • 32 CANSLifelike Dentures

  • 32 CANSKent Station Chiropractic & Massage

  • 31 CANSWells Fargo Bank

  • 30 CANSGreaney Scudder Law Firm, PLLC

  • 28 CANSAllegro Performing Arts Academy

  • 27 CANSRam Restaurant and Brewery

  • 27 CANSExhibition Automotive CarStar

  • 25 CANSCow Chip Cookie

  • 24 CANSBanner Bank

  • 24 CANSFloForm Countertops

  • 23 CANSLA Fitness

  • 22 CANSRed Lion Inn & Suites of Kent

  • 18 CANSPawn Express

  • 13 CANSKent Eye Clinic

  • 11 CANSMama Stortini's Restaurant and Bar

  • 10 CANSHeritage Bank

  • 9 CANSRad Roasting Company

  • 2 CANSRodda Paint

  • 0 CANSColumbia Bank

  • 0 CANSKent Jewelry & Loans

  • 0 CANSKent Station Family Dentistry

  • 0 CANSEnlighting Struck Design

  • 0 CANSTogos

  • 0 CANSThe BoxMaker

  • 0 CANSPacific Raceway

  • 0 CANSCafe on Fourth

  • 0 CANSNorthwest Welding and Gases

  • 0 CANSNiemen Glass



  • $4,415 COLLECTEDEberle Vivian

  • $3,355 COLLECTEDPacific Power Group

  • $1,875 COLLECTEDPegasus Northwest Inc.

  • $1,775 COLLECTEDChateau at Valley Center, Residents and Employees

  • $1,190 COLLECTEDKent United Methodist Church

  • $1,135 COLLECTEDTorklift

  • $810 COLLECTEDShannon and Associates

  • $490 COLLECTEDCurran Law Firm

  • $320 COLLECTEDHolmes Electric

  • $230 COLLECTEDHanis Irvine Prothero

  • $185 COLLECTEDRunning Stitch Fabrics

  • $180 COLLECTEDAnytime Fitness

  • $130 COLLECTEDCity of Kent

  • $100 COLLECTEDNational Event Pros

  • $100 COLLECTEDNorthwest Welding and Gases

  • $100 COLLECTEDMeridian Dental Clinic

  • $100 COLLECTEDHeritage Bank

  • $60 COLLECTEDAFL Hyperscale/ The Light Brigade

  • $51 COLLECTEDAllegro Performing Arts Academy

  • $50 COLLECTEDAround the Clock INC.

  • $25 COLLECTEDKent Downtown Partnership

  • $25 COLLECTEDSkcac Industries and Employment Services

  • $20 COLLECTEDCow Chip Cookie

  • $20 COLLECTEDMcMonigle Veterinary Hospital

  • $10 COLLECTEDLifelike Dentures

  • $6 COLLECTEDBell-Anderson & Associates LLC

  • $5 COLLECTEDExhibition Automotive CarStar

  • $0 COLLECTEDKent Performance Auto Center

  • $0 COLLECTEDPolly Shepherd and Greg Girard

  • $0 COLLECTEDNiemen Glass

  • $0 COLLECTEDEdward Jones - Kevin Hasslinger

  • $0 COLLECTEDThe BoxMaker

  • $0 COLLECTEDMasTec Network Solutions

  • $0 COLLECTEDKent Eye Clinic


  • $0 COLLECTEDRomaine Electric

  • $0 COLLECTEDMama Stortini's Restaurant and Bar

  • $0 COLLECTEDRed Lion Inn & Suites of Kent

  • $0 COLLECTEDKent Station Chiropractic & Massage

  • $0 COLLECTEDPacific Raceway

  • $0 COLLECTEDRam Restaurant and Brewery

  • $0 COLLECTEDThermo King Northwest

  • $0 COLLECTEDFlynn Chiropractic Clinic

  • $0 COLLECTEDMaplehurst Bakery

  • $0 COLLECTEDBenson Vision Source

  • $0 COLLECTEDGrass Lake Elementary School

  • $0 COLLECTEDFloForm Countertops

  • $0 COLLECTEDSeattle / Tacoma KOA

  • $0 COLLECTEDLA Fitness

  • $0 COLLECTEDLucky Dog Auto Glass

  • $0 COLLECTEDSpringbrook Elementary School

  • $0 COLLECTEDPawn Express

  • $0 COLLECTEDTogos

  • $0 COLLECTEDEnlighting Struck Design

  • $0 COLLECTEDKent Station Family Dentistry

  • $0 COLLECTEDShine On Signs and Graphics

  • $0 COLLECTEDRodda Paint

  • $0 COLLECTEDColumbia Bank

  • $0 COLLECTEDKent CrossFit

  • $0 COLLECTEDGreaney Scudder Law Firm, PLLC

  • $0 COLLECTEDBanner Bank

  • $0 COLLECTEDCafe on Fourth

  • $0 COLLECTEDGonnason Boats

  • $0 COLLECTEDMedoSweet Farms

  • $0 COLLECTEDZ-Ultimate Defense Studios

  • $0 COLLECTEDRad Roasting Company

  • $0 COLLECTEDBlinker Tavern

  • $0 COLLECTEDStafford Suites Senior Apartments

  • $0 COLLECTEDWells Fargo Bank

  • $0 COLLECTEDKent Jewelry & Loans