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NEWSLETTER - FEBRUARY 2018
Dear Friends of F.I.S.H.
"As fire victims who lost everything, we so appreciated the turkey we got at Thanksgiving and the ham we received at Christmas…This is a new journey and we are thankful for your help.” This lovely note of appreciation came from our long-time supporters, Barney and Joanne.
Your support made a critical difference in the lives of our neighbors in a time of unprecedented need. We received many donations of both food and money to serve our community after the fires. And we continued to be a vitally needed food source for our ‘regular‘ clients.
In 2017 we served 57,169 people in 15,609 households. We distributed approximately 700,000 pounds of food. On an average day we receive 50 to 70 requests for food and serve 200 to 250 clients. Because we purchase food from Redwood Empire Food Bank, every $1.00 spent equals $4.00 of purchasing power. In addition to Redwood Empire Food Bank, we continue to gather and distribute donated food from local merchants.
We held a successful Holiday Meat Program after the fires. Thanks to many generous donors, we gave every client a Thanksgiving turkey and a Christmas turkey or ham, their choice. Everyone expressed enormous gratitude.
In January, Roseland Collegiate Prep. Students held a food drive for F.I.S.H. collecting 614 pounds of food and almost $500.00 in cash donations. And First United Methodist Church delivered over 500 pounds of food from their own drive.
Back at the food pantry, we continue to look for volunteers, so give us a call if you can spare a little time to help our community.
The New Year brings changes to our leadership. We applaud Dennis Hansen, our Deputy Director, who is stepping down from his post of eighteen Years. Dennis has worked tirelessly for F.I.S.H. over the years. Shirley Norton, another enthusiastic volunteer and Board member is also retiring. Hats off to you both.
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