Torklift Central's 12th Annual Kent Turkey Challenge

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    Goal - 10,000 POUNDS

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    Goal - $20,000

The 12th Annual Kent Turkey Challenge Logo
The 12th 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 12th Annual Kent Turkey Challenge and help out our neighbors with a goal of raising $20,000 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 $196,408 and 73,874 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 10th Annual Challenge



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. In year’s past we have had more than 79 business participate! 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 12th Annual Kent Turkey Challenge is hosting a kids coloring contest once again this year. Children of all ages are welcome to compete for many prizes including an electric Razor scooter.

I'm interested! How do I join?

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!

To participate in the 12th Annual Kent Turkey Challenge, please contact our team at: [email protected] or enter in the "Join the Turkey Challenge" form below.


Join the Turkey Challenge



The Event in Past Years





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.



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