The Pantry at FISH
Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. A well-fed child is more likely to stay focused in school and learn more. Good nutrition in adults prevents serious diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, some cancers and osteoporosis in adults. Our older neighbors are not only less likely to suffer those diseases, their overall health and stamina will improve and allow them to remain independent longer.
FISH’s food pantries in Ellensburg and Easton are serving those populations with food pantries that make food available to anyone who needs help.
FISH’s “Food on the Move” mobile pantry goes to areas of Upper County and also Kittitas to bring food to people who may not be able to travel to Ellensburg.
The food available through any of FISH’s distribution points include fresh, produce, dairy, meat and non-perishable items. The average client of FISH takes home 85-100 pounds of food each visit. Clients are allowed to visit twice monthly.
Everyone is welcome at any of FISH’s pantry sites. New clients are asked to register, but that information is not shared with any local, state or federal agency. It is used for FISH’s purposes only. Since our mission is to serve the residents of Kittitas County, we ask for proof of residency in our County. A utility bill or a lease showing a current address.
Anyone who would rather not register will be served. They are restricted from taking the government food, but there is still plenty of food available.
Non-residents will be served once and are restricted from taking any of the government food. Each non-resident is given the name and address of the pantry closest to their current residence. Non-resident students are the exception and are asked to show their student ID.
Each pantry visit requires a picture ID, so we are sure we are serving the right person.
FISH’s pantry in Ellensburg is a client choice pantry, which means everyone shops for the foods they and their families enjoy.
FISH celebrates the diversity of our community and designates a portion of our Ellensburg pantry for foods that are common in recipes from other cultures. We always have Hispanic ingredients and often offer Middle Eastern and others as foods are available.
Spanish – English translators are routinely available at FISH’s Ellensburg. Call FISH for current translator hours.
BIRTHDAY BAGS are available at FISH’s Ellensburg pantry. Parents with children age 10 or younger who are about to have a birthday are able to pick up a “party in a bag” to celebrate the big day. The bags even have a small gift for the lucky boy or girl.
Monday-Thursday 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Friday 9:00am – 11:30am
For any questions or concerns, please contact us.
Office Phone: 509-925-5990
Roslyn Presbyterian Church: Every other Wednesday 1:00pm – 3:00pm
CWU Students at 18th Street Deli Every other Thursday 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Upper County Community Church: Every other Wednesday 1:00pm
Kittitas Neighborhood Pantry
319 N Main Street Kittitas Monday 6:00pm-7:30pm & Friday 1:00pm-3:00pm
Open Table is FISH’s food service division.
Currently, Open Table’s lunch service for anyone under age sixty is suspended due to COVID19 restrictions and service to those sixty and services to those over sixty have been modified from dining services to home delivered meals. When we are able, the dining services will be available again to anyone who is hungry.
Open Table is the county-wide provider of meals for anyone sixty or older who is eligible for the SE Washington Aging and Long Term Care (ALTC) Senior Nutrition program and Meals on Wheels, the home delivered meal program.
The home delivered meals are available 7-days a week and are being delivered during the COVID19 pandemic. Please call 509-933-3333 for more information and to see if you are eligible.
Open Table meals are prepared fresh and frozen on site. The meal menus are reviewed by a Registered Dietician to assure compatibility with nutrition guidelines provided by ALTC.
In addition to meals for the community, Open Table prepares and serves the Community Thanksgiving meal each November and provides meals for the Ellensburg Cold Weather Shelter during the winter shelter season.
Open Table’s cooks are professionally trained and experienced. For information about catering office functions or parties, please contact Lori Fritts, Open Table Program Manager at 509-925-5990.
Some times there is confusion around the difference between a food bank and a food pantry. The terms are often used interchangeably, but actually they are two very distinct businesses.
FISH is the only Food Bank in Kittitas County. As the Food Bank, FISH distributes food to the five food pantries throughout the county, including FISH’s pantries in Ellensburg and Easton. The other three food pantries are sub-contractors of the Food Bank, but are independent of FISH.
As the Food Bank, FISH facilitates food and money from the state and federal governments to the food pantries who are registered sub-contractors. FISH warehouses the food and delivers to the pantries. The amount of food that is distributed is determined by a vote of the sub-contractors at a meeting every other year. The percentages are based on the number of people served by each pantry. However, FISH often shares surplus food from other sources when it is available.
As lead contractor, FISH supports the pantries in other ways if needed. For example, FISH helped the Kittitas pantry during start-up by offering a percentage of their food allotment to help stock the pantry. One pantry recently needed a walk-in freezer to accommodate their frozen food and FISH worked with the Washington State Department of Agriculture to allocate the money. FISH sees this partnership and support as essential to meeting its mission of supplying food for neighbors.
No food from local Ellensburg food drives is shared beyond Ellensburg. FISH knows those who support local food drives expect the food to stay in this community.
FISH has been the lead contractor in Kittitas County for the past ten years and the Food Bank distributes an average of one million pounds of food each year.
The Food Bank is not open to the public, but is a service for the food pantries in Kittitas County.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides important nutritional support for low-wage, working families, seniors and people with disabilities on a fixed income, and other individuals and households with low incomes.
Call FISH Mon-Thurs; 8am-4pm; Fri-8am-1pm and we’ll fill out an application together by phone. Reach our administrator at 509-925-5990 Ext. 809.
You may also send FISH Community Food Bank an email to schedule an appointment [email protected]