Community Events, Week of July 2

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Fireworks at Liberty Bay

On Wednesday, July 4,  Suquamish Church of Christ will host a community dinner between 5-7pm.  This is a weekly event. All are welcome!


On Thursday, July 5,  First Lutheran Church in Poulsbo will host their weekly community dinner between 5-6pm.  This is also a weekly event where all are welcome!

On Friday, July 6, Gateway Fellowship Church in Poulsbo will host a community dinner from 6pm to 8pm.  This is a once a month event, and all are welcome! 

On Saturday, July 7, from 11:30 to 1pm Gateway Fellowship Church in Poulsbo will host a community lunch.  All are welcome!

Are you hosting an event that will benefit the needy members of our community?  Contact NK Fishline to add your event to our calendar!


Keeping Kids Fed Through the Summer

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Food for Thought is a weekend backpack program for children who may not otherwise receive enough food when not in school.  Each pack contains enough food for six meals plus snacks and is delivered to the child at their school on Friday afternoons during the school year.  Summer packs will be available and can be picked up by registered families at Fishline.

Read this article from the North Kitsap Herald about how area food banks, including NK Fishline help kids stay fed through the summer:

Some children eating breakfast at school Monday morning were enjoying their first real meal since lunch on Friday.
That’s how Gene Medina remembers it, when he was superintendent of North Kitsap schools. And the problem of children not getting proper nutrition is a particular worry for him when summer comes: How do children who depend on free and reduced lunches during the school year get the food they need during the summer?
A program known now as Food for Kids is raising money to help pay for summer school lunches at Wolfle Elementary School and provide food packets for students when summer school ends — a seven-week period between summer school’s end and the beginning of the school year.
Some 60 percent of students at Wolfle now qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, according to Medina.
That’s up from 53.4 percent in May 2011, according to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction report card. During the 2005-06 school year, 48.2 percent qualified for free or reduced-price meals, according to the report card.
Districtwide, 33.5 percent of students, or 2,237, in the qualified for free or reduced-price meals in 2011.
“We’re raising $5,950 that will basically help us deliver two packets a week for seven weeks, and cover the gap in funding for summer school lunches,” he said. Medina said 110 children are expected for summer school.
Last year, Food for Kids provided food packets for seven weeks for 50-60 children. “This year, we’re projecting 75,” Medina said.
There are a lot of partners in Food for Kids. Summer school is funded by a grant and is staffed by Port Gamble S’Klallam’s Early Childhood Education Department. The grant doesn’t cover the entire cost of lunches, so Food for Kids fills the funding gap and ShareNet provides weekend lunch packets during summer school.
Food for Kids isn’t the only program providing meals. North Kitsap Fishline runs Food for Thought, which began October 2010. It served about 60 students across the district in its first year.
When summer school is out, the Kingston Food Bank provides food packets to the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, which distributes them to children on the reservation. The Kingston Rescue Mission helps deliver food to children that don’t live on the reservation.
And, of course, donors in the community are major partners. As of Wednesday, the program had raised $1,050; it must raise $4,900 more. Donations can be sent to Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 832, Kingston, WA. 98346. Indicate on your check that it’s for Food for Kids.
“If we receive more funds, the money remains in an account for next year as seed money so we never fall behind,” Medina said. “We need to continue to support these children through the summer. You know the research about education and nutrition.”
A child needs a diet of good fats, protein, carbohydrates and micronutrients for proper development. Those nutrients are found in fish, fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetables, dark leafy greens, and whole grains.  Hydration – drinking plenty of water — is also essential.
“Within your student’s brain, a biochemical process of learning is occurring, that parallels the classroom experience,” Dr. Philippa Norman wrote in “Healthy Brain for Life.”
“Making connections, finding meaning and solving problems are learning tasks that require lightning-fast electrical impulses between areas of the brain.  Formation of memory requires physical growth and reshaping of networks of brain cells.  So that wonderful experience — when the lights go on and your student says, ‘I get it!’ — is a neurochemical process as well as an academic one.
By nourishing the brain with healthy food and water, you will optimize the internal environment, enabling students to truly engage in the classroom environment and achieve their potential.”


Neighbors Helping Neighbors, A Message from the Director

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This year, Fishline will commemorate its 45th year of service to the North Kitsap community.  What began as a transportation and errand service run by volunteers from local churches, headquartered in a meeting room at St. Charles Episcopal Church, has become a thriving, busy food bank and emergency services agency.
In 1979, the first year we have recorded statistics, we served neighbors 400 times when they visited the food bank. Last year, we served neighbors nearly 28,000 times, distributing 1.3 million pounds of food and helping more than 600 households to avoid foreclosure, to keep their houses warm or to find temporary housing when they have lost theirs.
But the backstory to these statistics is where the human, personal story exists. This is where you witness the remarkable efforts of more  than 225 volunteers who take their turns keeping the food moving through or helping Second Season to sell items that turn into assistance for our clients.
It’s where you learn of the stories of our neighbors, our family members, our friends who are doing their very best to outrun a depressed economy, working where and when they can, worrying about whether it will be enough. And it’s where you learn about the way a helping hand can change lives. If you have ever been in a crisis in your life, and someone reached out to share the burden or offer a way out, you will know that feeling.  You never forget it. 

As members of our community, supporters of Fishline and recipients of its services, you are the shareholders in this company. Our experience teaches us that interest in Fishline and its ability to care for our vulnerable is high, that many of us know that a community is strong when it cares for its own, and we all have a stake in that outcome. This month, we will introduce our new website because we wanted a vehicle to tell the stories, to celebrate our progress and to report on the challenges. We witness nearly every day the changing face of need in North Kitsap, and we want to offer that view to those who may not be able to see it firsthand.

We hope you’ll follow along as we share the poignant moments, the hints and signs of progress and the trends we notice. In many ways, we are a bellwether, a measure of community health. Working together,  we will stay a step ahead of the need as long as it exists, telling the story along the way.

Sincerely, 
Mary Nader, Executive Director
North Kitsap Fishline
director@nkfishline.org


Community Events, Week of June 25

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On Wednesday, June 27,  Suquamish Church of Christ will host a community dinner between 5-7pm.  This is a weekly event. All are welcome!

On Thursday, June 28,  First Lutheran Church in Poulsbo will host their weekly community dinner between 5-6pm.  This is also a weekly event where all are welcome!

Also on Thursday, join us for a seminar at Kitsap Community Resources, 1201 Park Ave., Bremerton:  Become a Smart Renter, the Ins & Outs of Renting — Presented by KCR expers from 5:30 to 7pm.

On Saturday, June 30, from 11:30 to 1pm Gateway Fellowship Church in Poulsbo will host a community lunch.  All are welcome!

Are you hosting an event that will benefit the needy members of our community?  Contact NK Fishline to add your event to our calendar!


Food Banks Do More Than Feed Suburban Poor

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Great video from MSNBC on how food banks help to stabilize a family in need.

Food banks do more than feed suburban poorSarah Nelson of Sister Carmen Community Center (www.sistercarmen.org) says food banks do more than just put food on the table. They can help struggling families get back on their feet financially. Lester Holt gets a first-hand look as he joins Joyce Welch at the Sister Carmen food pantry.