About Us

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FISH of Vancouver provides emergency nutritionally balanced food without charge, to anyone declaring their need, Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at our pantry located at 906 Harney in Vancouver, Washington..

It is our intent to provide a 3-5 day supply of food, called a “full meal deal,” once a month to any person declaring their need.

FISH of Vancouver is registered with the State of Washington as qualified under Sec. 501-c-3, IRS for deductible donations. It is run entirely by dedicated volunteers and funded entirely by donations. We receive no government financial support.

 

How FISH Helps

FISH of Vancouver has provided free emergency food for the past 45 years. In 2013 we served a record 22,982 households including 60,682 individuals. FISH of Vancouver distributed approximately 600,000 pounds of food in 2013, the most FISH has ever distributed. And the need is growing.

FISH volunteers donated 11,981 hours of service to help ensure our food boxes were distributed to the needed.

Who We Serve

People who do not have enough money to buy food for themselves or their families. Most are either unemployed or living on very low incomes. Nearly half the families served have at least one family member that is employed. About 98% of food bank visitors live below the national poverty level. Almost half of individuals served are children under the age of 18; the next largest group is the elderly, many who live on fixed incomes. We offer an emergency 3-5 day supply food box to anyone in need. We also offer free clothing to those in need.

We are the only food bank located in downtown Vancouver, Washington, west of Interstate 5. FISH serves people from the following zip codes: 98660, 98661, 98663, 98665, 98685 and 98686.

Current Objectives

  • To provide a 3-5 day supply of food to needy families once a month
  • To increase revenue and donations to keep up with growing demand
  • To continue recruiting volunteers to help serve the growing number of needy individuals and families
  • To continue to educate others about the needs of the hungry

Accomplishments

We currently provide emergency food to approximately 5,000 individuals each month. This includes approximately 37% children and 15% elderly.