FISH reduces hunger in our community and responds with compassion to people in crisis.
The FISH Food Pantry remains open to serve the low-income families that are food insecure. Over the last two weeks there has been much thinking and strategizing how to adapt to the Covid 19 pandemic and still serve our clients. We have made changes at the FISH Food Pantry, giving food boxes instead of clients being able to do their own grocery-shopping. Only volunteers and staff are allowed inside the Pantry at this time.
The Roseburg Food Project collection of green grocery bags of donated food scheduled for April has been canceled. However, food is still needed at the Pantry to provide emergency groceries for low-income households in need. We are suggesting that our regular food donors make monetary contributions in the amount they might have spent filling their Roseburg Food Project bag of donated food in April. The donated funds will allow the FISH Food Pantry to be able to purchase food through its normal wholesale source and other local sources. We hope to resume the green bag collection of donated food on June 13.
If you would like to send a check directly to FISH, it can be made out to The FISH of Roseburg and mailed to:
The FISH of Roseburg
P O Box 1162
Roseburg, OR 97470
The FISH of Roseburg Board of Directors want to say a big THANK YOU to the many individuals who have called and offered to volunteer at the FISH Food Pantry. We are so thrilled with the incredible response to our call for help. We have volunteers working right now to call back everyone who left their name and number and to determine when and how to use every one of you. Please be patient with us as we work through this truly amazing number of offers. Roseburg is indeed a wonderful place to live.
The final results for the February Roseburg Food Project collection of donated food are: 12,203 pounds were collected by 77 Neighborhood Coordinators from 687 food donors. Great job by all of our food donors. April will be a monetary donation only collection. Next pick up date is June 12 and 13.
Jo Lane Middle School students and parents brought the donated food collected during the school’s Holiday Food drive for the Roseburg Food Project. A total of 1,994 pounds of food was donated. This was a fantastic and much appreciated effort from the students and staff at Jo Lane. This is one of the largest food drive donations by a single group ever received in the 48 year history of The FISH. Thank you Jo Lane!
We are always so grateful when we are able to partner with other, local, non-profits, such as the Roseburg Rescue Mission. If you haven’t been into the pantry lately, come check out the improvements we have made, thanks to the generous donations we have received. The Roseburg Rescue Mission donated approximately 22, very clean, and very professional looking office chairs for our intake room. Not only do the chairs come together quite nicely with our new privacy walls, but we are also now able to provide chairs throughout our pantry in the event that one of our clients, or volunteers, is in need of sitting down. Thank you, Roseburg Rescue Mission! We appreciate you.
Thank you to all those who donated food and money during our fall community food drive. A combined total of 4,590 pounds of food and $1,084.36 were donated to the FISH Food Pantry on October 26 at the local grocery stores. We greatly appreciate the outstanding support from the following Roseburg grocery stores: Albertsons, Safeway, Fred Meyer and Sherms Thunderbird.
August 27 ribbon cutting event celebrating the completion of the new photovoltaic solar power system. The 17.75-Kilowatt project is expected to supply more than 22,000 kWh annually. This project consists of 45 Oregon made solar panels divided among the west and south facing roof slopes of the FISH Food Pantry building. This system is expected to reduce the electrical power bills of the Pantry by about 40% per year. We greatly appreciate the financial support of the following that made this project possible: Pacific Power’s Blue Sky program, Energy Trust of Oregon, First Interstate BancSystem Foundation, and financial donors of The FISH of Roseburg.
First Community Insurance donated 602 pounds of pork today. The meat was given to Kim Jasper, Pantry Director, by employees of First Community Insurance. Thank you for your generosity.
Thanks to Fred Meyer for the donation of a few of their old grocery carts to the FISH Food Pantry for use by our clients at the Pantry.