GHP FISH is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization
with 501(c)(3) status.
It is funded entirely
Tax ID # 91-1307991
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Our Amazing Volunteers give so much more than their time!
Monday - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday - Closed
Wednesday - 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday - 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday - Closed
Holidays - Closed
You can now donate online safely!
100% of your Donations go directly
to families in need in the
Gig Harbor Area.
This website was developed and is maintained by one of GHP FISH's dedicated Volunteers
The recent article in
The Gateway was not referring to our Food Bank. We are the GHP FISH Community Services and Food Bank and are in no way affiliated with the
Bishoff Food Bank.
We are a completely separate organization.
Gig Harbor Peninsula
FISH Community Services
4425 Burnham Drive, Gig Harbor, WA
P.O. Box 154
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
Phone: (253) 858-6179
or (253) 851-8800
Gig Harbor/Peninsula FISH
What is poverty? We normally think of poverty in terms of not having enough resources to fulfill the needs of daily living and we think in terms of economic poverty. There are other aspects of poverty: a person can lack a social network (social poverty), a sense of purpose in life (spiritual poverty) or confidence in his or her abilities (emotional poverty). Every one of us has experienced poverty in some area at some time in our lives.
Gig Harbor/Peninsula FISH was incorporated in August 1985, when a group of people believed that poverty is a result of circumstances and every person in our community is our neighbor. Neighbors care and take care of one another. Our motto has been “Neighbor helping neighbor” since inception.
Everyone in the greater Gig Harbor peninsulas is a member of Gig Harbor/Peninsula FISH by contributing food or money, or volunteering in some aspect of its operation and/or receiving services. We deal with poverty in our community by entering into a relationship with our neighbors.
Gig Harbor/Peninsula FISH is more than a Food Bank. We are over 240 volunteers who, in addition to providing food, provide financial assistance to pay rent, water, power and other basic utilities; urgent transportation to medical appointments; summer camp and summer school funds for school age children; school supplies for children in Peninsula School District; counseling assistance for school age children and their families; used clothing, small household goods and appliances; Christmas baskets and toys; provide associated educational expenses for college students who live in the Gig Harbor/Peninsula area, such as books, supplies and transportation to school; and telephone monitors who answer calls from those in need. Local markets donate day-old food to our Food Bank and we hold a food drive at Pt. Fosdick Safeway each month.
Many students use Gig Harbor/Peninsula FISH in their senior projects or community service hours by organizing food drives or other events that benefit the Food Bank or by volunteering in the Food Bank. Adults will ask guests to bring food donations to birthday or anniversary parties instead of gifts that then are donated to the Food Bank.
Since we are an all volunteer organization, 96.4% of donations are used assisting those in the Gig Harbor community who request our services. Only 3.6% of donations are used to pay for the food bank rent and utilities and minor office expenses. As you can imagine, requests for help have increased considerably in the last couple of years as families struggle to earn enough to pay the rent and basic bills and have money left over for food. High gasoline prices are impacting us all, but especially the low-income families who are employed in service positions.
In 2012, the Food Bank was able to feed 3,576 families, representing 3,916 children and 1,354 elderly individuals. The majority of our clients are working (2,331) but not earning enough to cover all of their expenses. During this same time period, our Financial Aid workers spent over $119,000 helping 500 families pay rent, utilities and other expenses to keep them in their houses and able to get to their jobs. Our drivers provided 133 rides to doctor and dentist appointments. Our Christmas program provided 193 food baskets and 250 children with toys.
Gig Harbor/Peninsula FISH is one of three food banks in the greater Gig Harbor peninsulas and is the oldest. The Food Bank and clothing bank is located at 4425 Burnham Drive, Gig Harbor and are open on Mondays and Fridays from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm and on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 am to 6 pm. Information about community resources is available by calling our monitors at 253 851-8800; Financial Assistance appointments can be scheduled and transportation for appointments can be arranged by calling the same number. Assistance for school age children can be accessed through Peninsula School counselors.
GHP FISH Community Services and Food Bank - by Barb Turecky GHP Board Member/Secretary/Volunteer