F.I.S.H. of Santa Rosa A Food Pantry For All

NEWSLETTER – FEBRUARY 2017


 
Dear Friends of F.I.S.H.,

At F.I.S.H. of Santa Rosa, most years are eventful and 2016 was no exception. During the year, we helped to feed a little above 58,000 people in just over 15,700 households. This was very similar to 2015. While the number of children in the households served remained just under 40%, seniors served increased 13%. However, total poundage of food given our clients increased substantially to just under 750,000 pounds, a record amount. The biggest reason for this was a large increase in food donated by some grocers and the Redwood Empire Food Bank. This increase of donated food from these organizations during 2016 was over 125,000 pounds. WOW! Obviously, this resulted in a substantial increase in good well balanced food for our clients last year. Our thanks to the Redwood Empire Food Bank for the increased donations of fresh produce this past year. They donated almost 100,000 pounds of free food.

Our Holiday Meats program was again very successful. During the four plus days each in November and December 743 families with over 3,000 folks received a turkey or other meat for the holidays. Our thanks to those of you who donated money or turkeys for this program. One of our grocers donated more than 60 turkeys. We spent almost $9,000 purchasing holiday meats. For the first time in memory, we had turkeys left over and made some clients happy just before New Year's.

Our money donations for our food account during 2016 were very good. Our food purchases during the year amounted to $65,000. Our donations for rent and overhead were $10,000 less than our rent and overhead costs of $25,000.

As stated above, our food donations from grocers were our best ever. We depend on these donations in order to regularly provide meat, dairy and a good amount of fresh produce to our clients. We would like to highlight some of the grocers who donate substantial amounts of this food. Trader Joe's on Cleveland Ave. is our largest contributor of food and two Whole Foods stores (Yulupa & Coddingtown) along with Safeway on Mendocino Ave. are large food donors. Others include two Target stores (Coddingtown & Rohnert Park) and Grocery Outlet in Santa Rosa. All of these grocers and, others, are a big part of why F.I.S.H. is able to provide such a lot of wholesome food to our clients. We are very grateful for the generosity of these grocers.

As always, we are so grateful to all of the wonderful organizations and people in this community who help us do what we do to help needy people Thank you all.

​F.l.S.H. Board of Directors

Jeanne-Marie Jones, Director

F.l.S.H. of Santa Rosa is an independent all-volunteer non-profit serving Sonoma County since 1972​

NEWSLETTER – JULY 2017


Dear Friends of F.I.S.H.,

It is with great pleasure that I assume the position of Executive Director of F.I.S.H. of Santa Rosa. I have long been committed to alleviating hunger in this abundant county where we live. Here at F.I.S.H. our group of volunteers strives daily to serve those in need with wholesome groceries. Each client is treated with dignity and respect and the hope that we can help them cope with their situation. We serve families, seniors, disabled, unemployed, working neighbors and the homeless. No questions are asked and there are no forms to fill out. The only qualification is the need for food. F.I.S.H. is a non-profit 501c3 organization operated entirely by volunteers and 100% dependent on donations of food and money. We are always in need of volunteers...come and join our team! Your interest in, and support of F.I.S.H. is greatly appreciated as we continue to serve all of Sonoma County.

During the first half of 2017, the number of people provided with free food was very similar to that of 2016. We served a total of 28,685 people in 7,800 households during the first 6 months of 2017. The number of children served was 10,551. We continue to see an increase in the number of seniors coming to F.I.S.H. During this same period during 2016, we saw an increase in seniors of 13% compared to the year before, while during 2017 we saw another increase of 12%.

Starting in 2016 and continuing during 2017, we have made a concerted effort to increase the amount of protein based foods we provide to every household. These items include eggs and canned tuna in addition to meats and other items.

Helping in this effort, we have received three Grants from community based organizations during the first six months of 2017. We received a Grant from the Santa Rosa Rotary Club Foundation of $1,500. With this Grant alone, we were able to purchase 1,248 cans of tuna and 3,600 cans of soup. Yes, that number is correct. The soup was purchased from our partner, the Redwood Empire Food Bank at very low cost. We also received a

$2,000 Grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation. We recently received a Julia L. Grant Basic Human Needs Grant of $9,000 from Community Foundation, Sonoma County, an organization that has helped support

F.I.S.H. for a number of years. We are very grateful to all of these organizations for their help in feeding the hungry in Sonoma County.

The annual U.S. Postal Carriers food drive was held this past May. You will recall that we receive all of the food collected by Carriers working out of the McBride Annex in Santa Rosa. Last year we reported that we received a total of 8,848 pound of food, one of the lowest totals in memory. We are pleased to advise that this year's total increased to  a little more than 14,000 pounds of food, a more than 60% increase. Needless to  say, we were very pleased and thankful to the Carriers for their effort.

F.I.S.H. Board of Directors 

Kaarin Lee, Executive Director

F.I.S.H. of Santa Rosa is an independent all-volunteer non-profit serving Sonoma County since 1972

NEWSLETTER - OCTOBER 2016


Dear Friends of F.I.S.H.,

F.I.S.H. of Santa Rosa served almost exactly the same number of people so far in 2016 as we did in the first 9 months of 2015. Total people served during the first 9 months of 2016 were 42,638 in 11,644 households. Children served were 16,311, just under 40%. We have experienced an almost 10% increase in seniors served this year.


There are a number of faith and other organizations that hold regular food drives    to help support F.1.S.H. in our efforts to help feed the hungry in our community. In the last year or so, we have attempted to regularly provide or increase the amounts of high protein items in our client's food bags. Because of cost, we do not regularly provide such items as canned tuna or soup unless these items are donated. There is at least one faith organization that annually holds a "Souper Bowl" canned soup collection during the month of February that provides several hundred cans of soup for our clients. We would be grateful if any group or individuals would occasionally collect and donate canned tuna or soup to help us in this effort.


Our Board has decided to again offer our "Holiday Meats" program to existing clients this year. Beginning just prior to Thanksgiving as well as just prior to the December holiday season, we will be offering our holiday meats to existing clients in addition to our normal food items. While we depend on donations of frozen turkeys for this program, we also purchase additional turkeys, hams and whole chickens. Last year, we spent about $8,000 as we provided these additional meats to almost 1,000 households. We are grateful to G & G Market for providing these meats at discounted prices. Donations of frozen turkeys or funds to purchase holiday meats for this year's program would be appreciated.   If you send us a money donation, please designate on your check where you would like your donation applied.


In addition to hundreds of individual money and food donors, F.I.S.H. receives a substantial amount of support from institutional donors such as grocers, faith organizations, businesses and Grantor's. In future newsletters, we will highlight these organizations. We continue to be very grateful for all the support we receive from this community in order to help us feed the hungry.


​F.l.S.H. Board of Directors

Jeanne-Marie Jones, Director

F.l.S.H. of Santa Rosa is an independent all-volunteer non-profit serving Sonoma County since 1972