North Kitsap Fishline received a $300,000 grant from the Birkenfeld Foundation to support construction of its new Food Bank and Comprehensive Services Center in Poulsbo, Washington. Construction of the project is underway with expected completion in early summer of 2018.
The new building will provide both efficient food delivery and integrated comprehensive services to help clients achieve self-sufficiency and transform their lives.
The Comprehensive Services Center will create the first coordinated effort in North Kitsap to bring together providers partnering with Fishline to offer services related to food, employment, education, substance abuse, dental care, domestic violence, housing, senior, and veteran’s services.
Keith Birkenfeld, who died in 2005, was a Bremerton native who retired from the Bellevue School District, where he taught in the high school and served as an administrator. He spent his last 25 years living on Bainbridge Island and amassed a fortune through sound investing that he directed to support of impactful charities upon his death in 2005.
“Mr. Birkenfeld came from humble beginnings here in Kitsap County. He worked hard and did well and left his entire estate to benefit others. He believed in our collective ability to raise all boats and to therefore ensure the security of all. The approach taken by Fishline to raise all boats has inspired us to give, as it has so many others. We are proud to be a part of this caring community and powerful project.”
Claire Bishop, Birkenfeld Trust Director
Click here for more information on how you can support Fishline through the Birkenfeld Gardens.