F.I.S.H. adds day to distribute food
Food ministry Organization hopes to serve wider audience including full-time workers
One of the areas largest emergency food organizations, Newberg F.I.S.H. (Friends in Service to Humanity), is adding an extra day per month of service.
Starting Aug. 23, people in need of food assistance can pick up boxes of food from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month.
Currently the group serves between 1,200 to 1,400 people per month, according to a press release, but as the group learned recently, it could be serving far more.
There are people who need us, but they havent come in because they cant get away from work, said Judith Labadie, public relations team leader for the organization.
F.I.S.H. only became truly aware of this need when the Yamhill county food bank, shared some numbers with them that showed the organization may only be serving around 40 percent of Newberg residents eligible for a food box.
While F.I.S.H. recognizes that it would be nearly impossible to reach 100 percent of those residents, it hopes the new hours will allow more people to take advantage of the help available to them.
We think this will be meeting the need of the community, Labadie said.
The additional day will not seriously affect the organizations day-to-day work since the group already has the funding required for it.
We have an amazing community, Labadie said. It really has been the community that has made this possible in terms of cash and food donations.