GHP FISH is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization
with 501(c)(3) status.
It is funded entirely
Tax ID # 91-1307991
Our amazing volunteers and donors give so much more than they know!
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
This website was developed and is maintained by one of GHP FISH's dedicated Volunteers
Please click here to see a list of items we need, and click here to see new and easy ways to help us help our neighbors!
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 began in June 1976 and 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 distributing food, issue financial assistance to pay rent, water, power and other basic utilities; provide urgent transportation to medical appointments; issue summer camp and summer school funds for school age children; distribute 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; issue funds for educational expenses to college students who live in the Gig Harbor and Peninsula area, such as books, supplies and transportation to school; and are telephone monitors who answer calls from those in need. Local markets donate food to our Food Bank and we hold a food drive at 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.
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. Gasoline prices and the bridge toll are impacting us all, but especially low-income families.
In 2015, the Food Bank was able to feed 3,626 families, representing 8,807 members (3,212 Children). The majority of our clients are working but not earning enough to cover all of their expenses. During this same time period, our Financial Aid workers spent over $99,589.57 helping 411 families pay rent, utilities and other expenses to keep them in their houses and able to get to their jobs. The new Student Aid Program is presently helping 18 students enrolled at local colleges with books, gas and bridge tolls as long as they are keeping up with their grades. At Christmas the Toy Program was able to provide 270 children with gifts, thanks to the generosity of this community.
Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH is one of three food banks in the greater Gig Harbor Peninsula area and is the oldest.
Information about community resources is available by calling 253 858-6179
Financial Assistance appointments can be scheduled calling 253 851-8800 .
Assistance for school age children can be accessed through Peninsula School counselors.
GHP FISH Food Bank and Community Services - by Barb Turecky GHP Board Member/Secretary/Volunteer
We are excited to announce our new program
"Education Aid Program"
Helping students with their education goals!
For more information
Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH
Food Bank and Community Services
4425 Burnham Drive, Gig Harbor, WA
Financial Aid: 253-851-8800