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
You can now donate online safely! 96.4% 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 Food Bank
is continuously in need of food donations. Please click here to see a list of items we can use, and click here to see new and easy ways to help us help our neighbors!
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 and 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 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 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
Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH
Food Bank and Community Services
4425 Burnham Drive, Gig Harbor, WA
P.O. Box 154, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Phone: (253) 858-6179
or (253) 851-8800
*** The GHP FISH's Future Plans - Help Needed ***
GHP FISH Food Bank is looking ahead to the future needs of the community. The number of people needing assistance is increasing and our population is aging. We are seeing more seniors and disabled people in need of help. Our current facilities are limited, so eventually, we will need more space. We are asking all of our supporters to keep their eyes open for Gig Harbor area property that would be suitable for a 6,000 sq. ft. building with a parking and loading area. We require property that would be easily reached for store clients, donors and volunteers. Ideally, donated property would be preferable to use all of our assets to provide services to clients, but we would consider purchasing property if the location and price are right. It may take a while to find the right situation, therefore we are looking ahead as this process will take some time. If you know of anyone who could use a tax deduction through the gift of property or if one has 3/4 to 1 acre of property for sale at a reasonable price, please contact Steve Heuer at 225-7589.
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We are proud to announce our new program
"Education Aid Program"
Helping students with their education goals!
For more information