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FISH Food Banks of Pierce County
November 13, 2011

When I started volunteering at the Lakewood branch of the FISH Food Banks, we served about 1200 clients a month. This past year, that number has grown to over 8000 in a month at times and hovers around 7000+. FISH strives to meet the growing demand by constantly improving its approach to providing food to the hungry in our community. New sources of donations, improved processes for allowing clients a greater choice in the food they take home, increased number of volunteers and ongoing commitment by the historical donors make it possible for the Lakes food bank to serve this increasing population.. The commitment of staff and volunteers is amazing. Even though I have moved out of the area, I continue to feel connected to this organization and to support it.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

FISH Food Banks of Pierce County
November 12, 2010

FISH Food Banks uses all possible means to feed the hungry in Pierce County. The branch I work with started over 35 years ago as joint effort by community churches. Since I started working with them in 2005, we have gone from serving about 1200 individuals a month to serving over 4000 a month. So much hunger. FISH provides, on average, over 40 pounds of food - canned, frozen, fresh - to each family that visits. Volunteers do most of the work - very few paid staff - and donations support the effort. Being part of this work bonds people and strengthens the community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen individuals and families practically in tears over the generosity of the food bank and the respectful way they have been treated. And I've seen incredible dedication by both staff and volunteers who are there week after week for years, committed to helping people in their community.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I keep wishing I'd win the lottery so I could provide a home for the food bank which had everything it needed and was convenient for clients. We use space offered by churches, which is wonderful, but often the space is limited or has obstacles which have to be overcome (food delivery at our current site is unloaded through windows!).

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I've helped clients in the food bank but now do the required reports and serve on the Steering Committee which plans for future needs.