Watson Furniture donated many furniture pieces to Fishline to utilize in our new building. Here’s a short video to say thank you!
While everyone at Fishline is still elated by the opening of our new market and Comprehensive Services Center and basking in the glow of our Grand Opening Celebration, we must announce a pending change in leadership at Fishline.
Mary Nader, Fishline’s Executive Director for the past seven years, has decided to seek a new career challenge. Under Mary’s leadership, Fishline moved to its current location on Viking Way, implemented many innovative client programs, completed the Transforming Lives Capital Campaign, and built a new facility to house an expanded, healthy foods market and a new Comprehensive Services Center (CSC). One of the first of its kind in the nation, the CSC will house a dozen or more health and human service agencies and serve as a hub for people in need in North Kitsap county.
Mary has contemplated her departure for some time but did not want to leave until Fishline was settled in the new building. With this goal accomplished, she is ready to pass the baton to a new Executive Director who can lead the organization and work with the board to continue Fishline’s service to the community.
Mary says it best…
The Board took a chance on me seven years ago when it decided to choose an Executive Director who was new to the non-profit world. Thankfully, I was brought along by an incredible team of board members, staff and volunteers who showed me what it looks like to love with purpose, to help with respect and to dream without fear. Together, we have built a strong, caring, unique helping place that is on a secure foundation from which to help for decades to come. I move on from Fishline now with the abiding faith that this 51-year-old organization will continue its care of our community with the same heart and sense of mission it has always had, knowing Fishline will thrive with a new leader with the talent, experience and heart that we need at this moment. I’m forever grateful for the honor and privilege of serving you and this beautiful community.
Though replacing Mary will not be easy, a search committee has been formed to recruit the next Executive Director. The application period is now closed. Interviews will be conducted in December, and we hope to have a new ED on board by mid-January.
Mary will remain with Fishline until a new Executive Director is on board.
Tom Eckmann, Fishline Board President
We are in need of holiday food donations! Not sure of what to donate? Here’s a handy list of our most needed items as well as drop off locations:
- Fresh sweet potatoes
- Frozen turkeys
- Cake mixes
- Holiday candies and treats
- Canned yams
- Cranberry sauce
- Grocery gift cards
Drop off locations:
Perishable donations can be dropped off at Fishline, 19705 NW Viking Ave, Poulsbo on Monday, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:30am to 2:45pm and on Wednesdays from 8:30am to 6:45pm.
Non-perishable donations can be dropped off at bins located at Central Market, Red Apple, 1st Security Bank, Liberty Bay Bank, and Safeway. We also have a bin outside of our donation door at Fishline.
If you don’t have time to pick up a turkey or other holiday sides, you can help us “meat” our holiday needs online here.
Fishline’s new $3.9 million facility along Viking Avenue NW, across from Olmstead’s Nursery, is shaping up to be quite an addition to the community. Once completed, the new spot will be a boon to those in need of food and other social services in the north end of the county.
Mary Nader, Fishline’s executive director, said even the landscape design takes into account Fishline’s mission as a food bank.
“Most of the landscaping here has been designed to produce fruit,” Nader said, pointing to the trees and small shrubs in the location’s parking lot. Blueberries, lavender, rosemary, strawberries, rhubarb and currants all line the parking lot, she explained. “It’s just a sweet little reminder of the work that we do, and it’s made it beautiful.”
The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 26th annual national food drive on Saturday, May 12. The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, the country’s largest single-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need in their community. Here in Poulsbo, all donated food goes directly to North Kitsap Fishline, where it will be weighed, sorted, and distributed to households in Poulsbo, Keyport, and Suquamish.
Customers simply leave their donation of non-perishable goods next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail on Saturday, May 12. Fishline volunteers, in cooperation with the Poulsbo Post Office, will collect food donations along the postal routes.
The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is the nation’s largest single-day food drive and is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. Since the first national Food Drive in 1993, the Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has collected more than 1.5 billion pounds of food. Last year, nearly 8,000 pounds of that food went to Fishline.
With the economic struggles many Americans face, the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is as critical as ever. Not only do millions of Americans go hungry, organizations that help them are in need of replenishments. Hunger affects about 50 million people around the country, including millions of children, senior citizens and veterans. Pantry shelves filled up through winter-holiday generosity often are bare by late spring. And, with most school meal programs suspended during summer months, millions of children must find alternate sources of nutrition.
We’re fortunate that Poulsbo’s postmaster Harry Kleinfelter and his team see these struggles in our community and believe it’s important to do what they can to help.
If you are in the Poulsbo area, we encourage you to leave a sturdy bag—paper or plastic—containing non-perishable foods, such as peanut butter, tuna, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, next to your mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 12th. If you have questions or need more information about Stamp Out Hunger in our area, you can visit our Stamp Out Hunger Event page HERE.
People who have questions about the drive in their area should ask their letter carrier, contact their local post office, or go to nalc.org/food, facebook.com/StampOutHunger or twitter.com/StampOutHunger.