Share your love this week at Fishline! Surprise your Valentine with a gift given in your name:
- make a donation this week at www.northkitsapfishline.org, - include a note that includes your Valentine's name and email address - we will send them an e-card letting them know that a donation was made thinking of them!
September is Hunger Action Month,
when Feeding America and member food banks, including North Kitsap
Fishline, ask everyone in America to take action to fight hunger in
their community all month long. This time of year -- right before the
holidays, is when food banks experience their lowest inventory.
During Hunger Action Month, we are focusing on two important programs: Healthy Table and Food for Thought.
Table aims to provide items such as dairy and fresh fruits and
vegetables to our clients through our market. These items are provided
through grocery rescue, which can sometimes be scarce, depending on
their inventory. Fishline struggles to keep perishable items on our
shelves. These items include:
- Fresh milk
- Fruit and vegetables
These items are critical to encouraging a balanced a diet and a Healthy Table for our clients.
receiving hours for donations of these perishable items are: Mon, Tues,
Thurs, Fri, 8:30am to 2pm and Wed from 8:30am to 6pm. Please note:
these are donation receiving hours only, food bank operation hours are
different. Please do not leave donations at the door after hours.
Arrangements can be made to deliver donations of perishable items after
hours by emailing email@example.com.
As school begins, we start to focus on one of our most expensive programs: Food for Thought. Purchased items are packed in anonymous meal packs that are delivered to
the school counselors every Friday afternoon. They are in turn
discretely distributed to the children at school before they leave for the
weekend. Children are eligible if they exhibit signs of chronic hunger
or are part of the free meal program in their school.
When donating items for our Food for Thought program, you can use this handy shopping list:
Individual oatmeal packets
Peanut butter crackers
Apple sauce cups
Individual cereal boxes
Cup of noodles
Chicken soup or chili
Individual packages of raisins or craisins
Other healthy snack items
Action Month is your opportunity to join Fishline and make a real and
lasting impact on our effort to support our neighbors in need. Whether it’s by advocating and raising awareness, making donations, or volunteering, you can find the way that’s right for you to make a difference during Hunger Action Month.
Visit our website, our Facebook page and our calendar to see what you can do in September to participate in Hunger Action Month! We're adding new events all throughout September.
Fishline is now accepting recipes for consideration in our upcoming cookbook: 50 Years of Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Fishline’s Community Cookbook.
We hope to collect 300+ recipes from our amazing staff, tireless volunteers, loyal community partners and generous supporters. So please send your family favorite, best-ever, easiest to make, most delicious recipe by May 24, 2016. And, reach out to your friends, family and neighbors and ask that they submit a recipe, too.
This week Fishline received a gift of $1200 from Hailey Fort of Hailey's Harvest. This award was given to her from the Newton Kindness Organization, formed in honor of Charlotte Bacon who lost her life in the Sandy Hook Tragedy. The award ceremony takes place around Charlotte's birthday and celebrates Charlotte’s life and recognizes the very best of the countless stories of Acts of Kindness by children received from around the globe. Typically, there are approximately 8 finalists and 15 – 25 medalists honored at the event. Hailey was one of the kids who received an award and when asked about her favorite charity, she chose Fishline! This gift will go to our Birthday Fairy program (Hailey's Favorite), Food for Thought, and to help with our homeless. Thank you Hailey for all the wonderful things you are doing for Fishline and the inspiration to our community! #nkfishline#haileysharvest
Last week Vicky & her husband bought 15 Christmas trees for us to
give away in the Market! When Olmstead's Nursery learned that she was
buying them for Fishline, they gave her a greatly reduced price...so
that she could buy more than the 5 she thought she could afford! Thank
Vanessa Elliott shared this cuter than cute photo of her kids in front of one of the donated trees!
POULSBO — A food bank doubled as a doctor’s office Wednesday as North Kitsap Fishline hosted the first of what will become a monthly free clinic.
Clients had their blood pressure taken by a nurse in a lobby outside the Fishline food market, while others talked with doctors in private consultation rooms. A Kitsap Public Health District nurse offered flu shots to anyone who walked through the door.
Fishline Executive Director Mary Nader said a free clinic fits naturally with the food bank’s expanding mission. Medical care represents a huge expense for families struggling to make ends meet.
“It’s a big part of the reason why our clients face economic instability,” Nader said.
Offering free primary care in a familiar setting can help address the need, she said.
“This is how we’re going to create long-term change,” Nader said. “Getting at the root of the problem.”
Fishline is working with the nonprofit West Sound Free Clinic to provide no-cost care at its campus off Viking Avenue on the first Wednesday of each month. Fishline is the fourth location for the free clinic, and the first outside Bremerton. The mobile clinic served 307 patients in the past year.
West Sound Free Clinic co-director and nurse Carrie Bivens said she hasn’t seen the need for free care diminish in the county, even since the rollout of the Affordable Care Act extended health insurance to more residents. More than 20,000 people in Kitsap have obtained coverage through Washington’s health exchange, either by purchasing qualified health plans or signing up for the state’s expanded Medicaid program.
But there still is a portion of the county’s population that isn’t insured, including about 30 percent of Fishline clients. Bivens said some people who have coverage can’t afford the out-of-pocket fees required when they use their plans.
“They flat out can’t afford insurance even if they have it,” Bivens said.
For those residents, West Sound Free Clinic is one of the few options for receiving primary care locally. Bivens said many of the patients the program helps are homeless. A significant number are immigrants.
Founded in 2012, the clinic is staffed by a small team of volunteer doctors and nurse practitioners. The providers offer health screenings and treat a wide range of common maladies, like colds, infections, aches and pains. The clinic works with other organizations to provide free medications, lab tests, medical imaging and specialty care as needed.
Bivens said she finds the volunteer work particularly rewarding. Since the services are free, there’s no insurance paperwork to worry about. Providers take their time getting to know patients.
“You get to practice medicine in its purest form,” Bivens said. “This is really why we all got into this in the first place.”
Good as that might sound, recruiting providers remains the free clinic’s biggest challenge. Host organizations like Fishline have been eager to partner with the clinic, but Medical Director Dr. Patrick Casy said the group can’t expand into more areas of the county unless additional physicians and nurse practitioners volunteer.
“If we could find more providers, we could open more clinics,” he said.
FREE CLINICWest Sound Free Clinic provides no-cost care on four days each month:
4-7 p.m. first Wednesday each month at North Kitsap Fishline, 787 NW Liberty Lane, Poulsbo.
5-7 p.m. second Monday each month at St. Vincent de Paul, 1117 N. Callow Ave., Bremerton.
1-4 p.m. fourth Tuesday each month at YWCA, 905 Pacific Ave., Bremerton.
1-4 p.m. fourth Thursday each month at St. Vincent de Paul, 1117 N. Callow Ave., Bremerton.
For information, call 206-659-5631.
This article was originally posted in the Kitsap Sun, November 4, 2015.