Friday, August 26, 2016

September is Hunger Action Month!

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.

During Hunger Action Month, we are focusing on two important programs: Healthy Table and Food for Thought.
Healthy 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
- Yogurt
- Fruit and vegetables
- Eggs

These items are critical to encouraging a balanced a diet and a Healthy Table for our clients.

Our 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 nkfishline@gmail.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:

Granola bars
Fruit snacks
Pop tarts
Individual oatmeal packets
Peanut butter crackers
Apple sauce cups
Fruit cups
Pudding cups
Individual cereal boxes
Cup of noodles
Chicken soup or chili
Individual packages of raisins or craisins
Other healthy snack items



Hunger 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.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Fishline's Community Cookbook: 50 Years of Neighbors Helping Neighbors



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. 

You can submit a recipe one of three ways: 

  1. by dropping off a printed copy at one of our three locations noted below; or
  2. by completing a form available at one of our three locations. 

Please include the following information with your submission:
  • Full name
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Fishline Connection (volunteer, client, community, supporter, other)
  • May we use your name in our cookbook? (yes or no)
  • Recipe title
  • How many it serves
  • Ingredients and directions
  • Brief description of why this recipe is special to you (e.g., grandmother made it, child’s favorite, easy to make, etc.)
  • Any special notes on preparation (e.g., freezes well, can be prepared in advance, etc.)

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Hailey's Harvest Shares a Big Gift with Fishline's Birthday Fairy Program!



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

Monday, December 14, 2015

Christmas Gifts at Fishline!


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 you neighbors!


Vanessa Elliott shared this cuter than cute photo of her kids in front of one of the donated trees! 


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Fishline Hosts Free Health Clinic



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.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Props with Purpose: Kitsap Weekly


 The midcentury ceramic lamp with floral design in relief had a story, had witnessed an actress’s home life in Beverly Hills, provided a comforting glow in an apartment overlooking a park in Signal Hill, and made a statement in my home for 17 years.
 
And it was time for this sentimentalist to let it go.

It wasn’t easy — it had long belonged to my dad and stepmom, gifted to them by the family friend who had inherited it — but taking it to Second Season Home Store somehow made letting go … painless.

At Second Season Home Store, all proceeds from sales support North Kitsap Fishline Food Bank & Emergency Services. And items sold at Second Season Home Store find themselves in a good home for a good price.

“You can give new life to some forgotten things,” said Felicia Kratzer, the home store’s new manager. “You can sell that item in a yard sale, but that’s not the answer. Fishline has a tried and true history of helping people, so you can feel good [about donating it to Second Season]. You’ll never know how you helped someone who needed a little bit of a hand up.”

In short: Garage space saved, an item gets new life in a new home, and another strand is woven into the local safety net.

Second Season Home Store is tucked away on 3rd Avenue near City Hall, in the former North Kitsap Fishline Food Bank, which moved to Viking Avenue in May 2014.


This post was originally published in the North Kitsap Herald on Oct 1, 2015.  

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fishline's Got a New Ride!

It's finally ready! After many months of anticipation, our new van is ready and fully adorned for use! Many thanks to the community, Poulsbo Rotary, North Point Church, and the Birkenfeld Foundation whose generous donations helped to purchase this much appreciated (and needed!) vehicle. Also to John Wein at Johnny K Designs, pictured here. Johnny did the lettering on our other van and a super job on our new van for no charge! Honk & wave hello when you see us around town!