FISH Food Bank
Sponsored by Walmart
In Hood River:
1130 Tucker Rd.
Hours of Operation:
Saturday 10:00- Noon
In Parkdale: 4910 Baseline Drive
(Parkdale Community Church) Monday 4:00-6:00 pm.
In Cascade Locks: 140 SE WaNaPa (Cascade Locks City Hall)
4th Wednesday of each month
Saturday following 4th Wednesday 11:00-noon
FISH’s mission is “to help alleviate hunger by distributing food regularly and on an emergency basis, regardless of gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation in a friendly, instant, sympathetic, helpful, and confidential manner.”
– PROGRAM OVERVIEW –
FISH Food Bank started in 1969 when a small group of community members noticed that their neighbors didn’t seem to have enough to eat. They gathered some food and discreetly left it for the neighbors. They did the same thing the next week, and the next, and the next… and they haven’t stopped since.
FISH Food Bank’s primary purpose is to provide food for the hungry in Hood River County. FISH operates four distribution sites in the county – Hood River, Odell, Parkdale, and Cascade Locks, with the Hood River location serving as the primary distribution and warehouse site. Last year FISH provided food for over 1200 different families, feeding over 4000 different individuals, with 38% of them being children. This translates into a monthly average 400+ families/individuals including children, seniors, working moms and dads, and others living below the federal poverty level. To receive food at the FISH Food Bank sites, individuals must meet financial and residential qualifications.
Last year, FISH received nearly 200,000 lbs of donated food from local individuals, farms, and businesses. In addition FISH uses monetary donations to purchase around 150,000 lbs of food from the Oregon Food Bank, Rosauers, Safeway, and Columbia Food Service. All together 350,000 lbs of food is distributed to individuals and families of Hood River County. It is the mission of FISH to provide those in need a three day emergency supply of food once per month or about 12 times per year.