The FISH Community Food Bank began operation in Ellensburg, WA, on April 5, 1971. FISH has been able to help the hungry and the hurting for 46 years. During its first years FISH provided a variety of services and food to an estimated 500 people each year. Over the years, FISH has grown tremendously, and has now helped close to 3,000 households so far in 2017.
The number of programs has also grown. FISH started as an autonomous program, organized by local churches, to identify and assist the hungry in Kittitas County. FISH now operates a Food Pantry, a Hot Meals program, a Backpack program for kids, and a Summer Meals program every year. See our Programs page for more information on each one!
Originally FISH was housed at Grace Episcopal Church, then moved to the United Methodist Church. When we outgrew there, we moved to Snickelldoodle Station. A catastrophic fire on Thanksgiving weekend of 2014 forced us to reassess our space needs again. We are now thankful to have found a permanent, spacious home donated to us by the good people of Mercer Creek Church.
FISH is guided by a Board of Directors, run by Interim Executive Director Peggy Morache, and is thankful for over 140 faithful community volunteers. FISH accepts food and funds from local businesses, churches, and individual donors.