COVID-19 Response: Market & Client Services Changes as of March 20, 2020

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Food Bank

As of Monday, March 23rd, Fishline will require that people call in to have a box of groceries put together. We are moving to pre-packed boxes with limited choices in an effort to serve the greatest number possible. Please call 360-779-5190 for grocery pickups and leave your name and number and a Fishline sfaff person will call you back. Modified pick up hours are as follows: 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Friday: 12 pm – 4pm
Wednesday: 2pm to 6pm

The volume of calls is increasing daily Our staff is returning calls for food orders and client services as quickly as possible. We are requesting that clients stay in their cars and drive through the delivery lane. Because of the drive through situation, for everyone’s safety, we are discouraging any walk-in orders other than those for clients who arrive on foot.

If you are not feeling well or cannot pick up your groceries, you can assign a friend, neighbor or family member to pick up for you. If you that is not possible, we can deliver. We are working on ways to get groceries and essentials to those at home: elderly, sick, or high risk. Please let the staff person who returns your call know if someone else is picking up your groceries or you need a delivery.

Client Services

Fishline will continue to provide  all client services remotely via phone only. Please call (360) 779-5190 to arrange a phone appointment.

Donations

Donations of food items (non-perishable only, please) will be accepted at the old Fishline building (Annex) and held for 96 hours to ensure no spread of the virus. Here are our most needed items:  Pasta, Chili (w/meat and w/out meat), Beef Stew, Soups, Top Ramen, Pasta Sauce, Canned Fruit, Canned Meat, Cooking Oil, Cereal, Sliced Bread, toilet paper, Diapers, sizes, 4, 5 & 6

We understand it might be difficult to get to a grocery store, and as such we are highly encouraging financial donations over food. Our buying power through Northwest Harvest and Food Lifeline allow us to stretch our dollar further, while stocking our inventory with our client’s most needed items. Any donations you can provide financial, food, or gift cards will be very appreciated. You can share a financial gift directly to Fishline here: http://fishlinehelps.org/get-involved/donate/

We have suspended accepting donations to Second Season for the current time.  We have closed our Thrift Store and do not have the room to store items or staff on hand for the present time.


COVID-19 Response: Market & Client Services Changes as of March 16, 2020

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To our community and neighbors,

We are all seeing measures being taken that are altering our daily lives, and Fishline is no exception.

With the announcement of further actions being taken by the Governor, Fishline has decided to take additional steps to respond to this crisis.

  • As of Tuesday, March 17th, Fishline will require that people call in to have a box of groceries put together. Please call 360-779-5190 and leave your name and number and a Fishline sfaff person will call you back. Boxes will be available to pick up between noon and 4pm and can be ordered a few days in advance.
  • We will be packing boxes for clients with a limit of 6-8 staff/volunteers in the market at any given time.  This means that we are asking all volunteers other than those we specifically contact to stay at home.  We will need the help of a limited number of volunteers, specifically for picking up grocery rescue and home delivery to those that may need groceries delivered due to being homebound or illness. 
  • Fishline will be providing all client services remotely via phone only. Please call (360) 779-5190 to arrange a phone appointment.
  • As the need grows we will be reaching out to volunteers as we move forward and the needs become more apparent.  We are expecting to need drivers who are willing to deliver boxes to those in need as well as backup drivers for our grocery rescue operation.
  • Donations of food items (non-perishable only, please) will be accepted at the old Fishline building (Annex) and held for 96 hours to ensure no spread of the virus.
  • We have suspended accepting donations to Second Season for the current time.  We have closed our Thrift Store and do not have the room to store items or staff on hand for the present time.

We have all been asked to limit social contact as a means to give our medical community the time and resources they are going to need to fight this virus.  Please know that you staying home is a selfless act of kindness and compassion towards your fellow volunteers, the clients and the staff.

During these times, we can build community outside of these walls and still retain our Fishline heart.  We know that the social distancing that’s been asked of us will create a sense of isolation for many.  Please- call your fellow volunteers!  Chat with them, play cards over the phone, share watching a movie over the phone, read and share books- reach out to your friends, neighbors and family members.  In our ‘isolation’ we can grow stronger and more connected than ever before. By staying home, we are truly showing how much we care about each other and our community.

We will continue to keep the community informed of any new developments. In the meantime, reaching out and taking care of each other, your neighbors and friends can provide the sense of community that we need in these times.


Market & Client Service Changes and How You Can Help

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Fishline has been helping our neighbors in need for nearly 63 years. We are committed to providing necessary services to the North Kitsap community during this challenging time.

We announced yesterday that we would be operating with modified services starting Monday, March 16th. Client services will be remote only via phone, and beginning Monday we will be distributing boxes of food instead of having people shop in our market. Click here for more information about those changes: http://fishlinehelps.org/2020/03/11/update-on-fishline-response-to-covid-19-market-and-client-service-changes/

We are still in operation and doing our best to continue to serve our neighbors in need. Here’s how you can help:

– WE NEED YOUR HELP – now more than ever. We understand it might be difficult to get to a grocery store, and as such we are highly encouraging financial donations over food.  Our buying power through Northwest Harvest and Food Lifeline allow us to stretch our dollar further, while stocking our inventory with our client’s most needed items. Any donations you can provide financial, food, or gift cards will be very appreciated. You can share a financial gift directly to Fishline here: http://fishlinehelps.org/get-involved/donate/

– We have asked our volunteers who may be at risk or not feeling well to please stay home and take care of themselves. Unfortunately, that means we may also have a shortage of volunteers! We are in need of short term (or long term) volunteers who can help with the packing and distribution of food to our clients. Email volunteer@fishlinehelps.org if you can help. If you are a current volunteer, please check in (call or email) before coming to Fishline as we are practicing social distancing as recommended by the CDC and as thus restricting shifts to small groups.

– Our NPA (no permanent address) clients continue to need our support. Donations of gift cards to local food establishments and hygiene items for our NPA packs are greatly appreciated. These can be dropped off at Fishline or mailed to Fishline, PO Box 1517, Poulsbo, WA  98370.


Update on Fishline Response to COVID-19: Market and Client Service Changes

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Update on Fishline response to COVID-19:

At Fishline we are committed to continuing to provide our services to our neighbors in need while protecting our clients, volunteers and staff.

In an abundance of caution and in response to recent developments in our community related to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), effective immediately:

– Food Bank Market services will be transitioned to box pick up only beginning Monday, March 16th.

– Fishline will be providing all client services remotely via phone only. Please call (360) 779-5190 to arrange a phone appointment.

– Second Season Thrift Store (benefiting Fishline) will be closed beginning Sunday, March 15th. We hope to reopen as soon as possible.

– We have postponed and will reschedule the following events: Second Season Volunteer Orientation (3/13), Fishline and CSC Tour (3/19), and On Site Garden Work Party (3/22).

Please call if you have any questions or concerns. #pleaseshare#fishline#fishlinehelps


Not Feeling Well? Let Us Know if You Need Help with Your Market Pickup

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If you are a client of ours that is feeling under the weather, please remember you can always call Fishline to make arrangements to have your groceries boxed for pick up. You can also authorize a family member, friend or neighbor to pick up your food for you at any time.

To make arrangements, please call 360-779-4191 Ext. 101 and leave your name, phone number and let us know you need to pick up a box. Fishline will return your call to get your shopping list and let you know when your box will be ready. Stay well friends!