F.I.S.H. of Santa Rosa A Food Pantry For All
F.I.S.H. friend Karen Famini writes, "When FISH first started, my mother, Iris Sabelman, was a Sonoma County social worker, an I&R worker assigned to the west county. Information and Referral was the "first line of defense," the first to interview someone needing immediate help, whether it was at the office, on Lou Gottlieb's ranch, or in Annapolis. While she reached out to many churches and organizations for help, FISH was consistently there with food, to get families through those hard first days. She was a supporter the rest of her life."
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WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE GROCERIES? Any family or individual who calls FISH and can pick up the same day will receive an emergency supply of groceries. FISH does not have geographical or financial prerequisites for families who request food aid. All who ask will receive.
HOW DO YOU RECEIVE GROCERIES? Call FISH at 707-527-5151 during our hours of operation. You must call before you will receive food. The phone is busiest in the morning. Keep trying or wait until about noon to call.
HOURS: FISH is open Mondays-Fridays from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon. We are closed on major holidays.
WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU: A photo ID and a bag for extra food. We also welcome donations of paper grocery bags.
HOW OFTEN CAN YOU COME? Once a month.
WHAT YOU'LL BE GIVEN: We give up to three days' supply of well-balanced food. The amount of food given depends on the number of people in the household. We give one basic bag containing fruits, vegetables, beans and grains (cereal, pasta, bread) plus optional items including rice, peanut butter and meat (or vegetarian items). Sometimes we will have available extra items donated to us for distribution. A roller bag can be helpful, especially if you are walking or using public transportation.
WHERE ARE WE? 2900 McBride Lane, Santa Rosa, CA.
DIRECTIONS: From Coddingtown, go north on Cleveland Avenue
0.4 mile and turn left on State Farm Drive. Go 1 block and turn
left on McBride Lane. Look for our sign on the left (east) side of
Santa Rosa bus #17 and Sonoma County busses #44 & 48 run
on Range Avenue, which is parallel to, and one block west of,
McBride Lane. Exit the bus at the stop nearest State Farm Drive.
WHAT IF YOU NEED MORE THAN ONCE-A-MONTH GROCERIES? FISH Food Pantry supplies once-a-month emergency food only. For more help with food or other services, call 2-1-1 (website: 211sonoma.org).
F.I.S.H. (Friends In Service Here) is a group of volunteers who operate a food pantry where people can receive free food. Started in 1972, F.I.S.H. has grown to become the largest independent food pantry in the Redwood Empire.