Mission: Fish of orchards, inc. Is an emergency food and clothing bank located in east clark county, wa.
Programs: Fish of orchards inc. Is an emergency food and clothing bank, located in east clark county, wa. That serves the needs of over 5,000 individuals each month. During our last fiscal year we provided a food box to 12,984 families consisting of 49,329 individuals with food, clothing and small household items. We provided 1,062,020 pounds of food to these families. We did this with our team of over 50 all volunteers working a total of 15,576 hours. Fish of orchards inc. ( friends in service to humanity ) was organized in 1977 and opened our doors in january 1978 with an initial space provided by the orchards united methodist church. With the help of other community business and area churches, small commercial spaces would be rented, until in 1993 we built our present food bank building. Fish of orchards inc. Main food sources are: the state and federal emergency food assistance programs efap and tefap, clark county food bank, northwest harvest in seattle, and the oregon food bank. Annual food drives conducted by walk and knock, the letter carriers and the clark county home and garden show. We also receive food donations from many individuals and area businesses and churches. Daily our drivers procure bakery and produce donations from fred meyer, safeway, trader joes, new seasons market, and franz bread. We are not sponsored by any corporate, fraternal of religious organizations. All of our financial support comes from donations by generous individuals, area churches and small business. At times we receive some support from united way, the combined fund drive, the oregon food bank and northwest harvest, mostly in the form of food credits, which we can then use to purchase foods at substantial discount. Particularly in these most difficult economic times, it is our privilege to serve the ever growing needs of the less fortunate in our community, with respect, sensitivity and compassion. All foods and clothing are made available at no charge by our all-volunteer team. Our hours of operation are monday, thursday, and friday, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, and 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm, and tuesday from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, except on federal holidays.
FiSH of Orchards may not be the best funded or the most spacious or have the latest and greatest in clothes (which they lack space for) or even have the freshest food, but they aren't a store and they're the only agency with a staff completely composed of volunteers so that every penny they get can be used to help the clients in need. Some people might feel entitled to getting the very best without having to spend a cent, but the majority of their clients seem to really appreciate the time and effort they put forward to accommodate their needs and are understanding that FiSH is not a grocery store, but an emergency food pantry.
I hope that everyone who goes here feels as respected as I do when they go to FiSH. If you're looking for wrinkle-free new clothes, this is not the charity you're looking for. If you're looking for the freshest food that perfectly adheres to your grocery list, this is not the charity you're looking for.
But if you're hungry or homeless and need a bit of food to get by while being treated with kindness and respect, I've seen no better charity than FiSH of Orchards.
NASTY AND VERY OLD FOOD, AND THE CLOTHS ARE FROM THE 60'S. AND VERY VERY DIRY SMELLIE, AND FULL OF WRINKELS, AND VERY LITTLE CLOTHS, BEDDING, TOWELS, AND THE SHOES ARE FROM HELL. NEED'S TO BE INVESTAGATED BY THEIR DONATERS....AND THE OLD BAGS THAT WORK AND VOLEENTIER, MUST EAT THIER YOUNG! WHEN YOU ASK WHO THE PRESIDANT IS YOU ARE TOLD,"HE DOESN'T WANT TO GET INVOLVED WITH YOUR COMPLAINT, AND WE CAN'T GIVE YOU HIS EMAIL ADDRESS, OR HIS PHONE # AND WE DON'T KNOW THE WEB SITE ADDRESS, EITHER." NOW THAT'S EDUCATION AT IT'S WORST....