Give a Student a Good Start Through Fishline’s School Supply Program

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Each year, North Kitsap Fishline’s School Supply Program provides children in need with basic school supplies for the upcoming school year.

The cost of sending students back to school adds to family budgets that are already stretched thin and some are unable to purchase items needed for their children. We greatly appreciate your efforts in helping us meet our goals this year to provide school supplies for those children.

Fishline’s School Supply Program is accepting donations for the 2012 school year beginning now through Aug. 17. Donations can be dropped off at these local businesses:

— Second Seasons Thrift Shop 18825 Anderson Parkway.

— Starbucks, 19673 7th Ave. NE, Suite D.

— Starbucks, 21505 Market Place, NW, No. 101.

— Poulsbo Library, 700 NE Lincoln Road.

— Edward Jones, 19740 7th Ave. NE.

— Edward Jones, 18887 Highway 305 NE.

— Bank of America, 19255 Jensen Way NE.

— Poulsbo City Hall, 200 NE Moe St.

— Curves of Poulsbo, 19351 8th Ave. NE, Suite 101.

School supply drives or any large quantity donations should arrange a drop-off day and time with Kathy Smith, volunteer school supply coordinator. Call (360) 598-6282 to make arrangements.

Supplies that are needed: backpacks, college-rule and wide-rule loose-leaf and spiral paper, pencil pouches, supply boxes, pens, pencils, glue sticks, pink erasers, washable color markers, colored pencils, child scissors, college-rule and wide rule spiral notebook paper, pocket folders, and metal edged rulers.

Original post by Kathy Smith, Poulsbo, North Kitsap Herald

Both Office Depot & Office Max are having great school supply sales right now. Check out these links at Queen Bee Coupons and Thrifty & Thriving.

 


11 Facts About Hunger in the United States

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Photo:  DoSomething.org, Feed-America

  1. In 2010, 17.2 million households, (1 in 7) were food insecure, the highest number ever recorded in the U.S.
  2. More than 16 million (almost 1 in 5) American children are at risk of hunger.
  3. Households with children experience food insecurity at almost double the rate of households without children.
  4. Nearly 1 in 5 children in the U.S. is served by Feeding America, the nation’s largest food bank.
  5. Five states or districts with the highest rate of food insecure children are Arizona, Arkansas, Oregon, Texas and Washington, D.C.
  6. America’s Second Harvest annually provides food to over 23 million people. That is more than the population of the state of Texas.
  7. The USDA recently found that about 96 billion pounds of food available for human consumption in the United States were thrown away by retailers, restaurants, farmers and households over the course of one year.
  8. Hungry adults miss more work and consume more health care than those who don’t go hungry.
  9. Kids who experience hunger are more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression, behavior problems, and other illnesses.
  10. The total cost of hunger to American society is said to be about $90 billion a year.
  11. In contrast, it would only cost about $10 billion to $12 billion a year to virtually end hunger in our nation.
Source:  DoSomething.org

Local Teens Lend a Helping Hand

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Featured here:  Ricky Bonachea who drives from Bremerton to help us, and Rachelle Charlie and Mikaila Lestenkof.

The lazy, hazy days of summer usually mean long stretches of fun and recreation for students who have worked and studied hard all the school year.  But for some of our local teens, the summer means it’s also a time to give back to their community.  For many summers, Fishline has been able to keep local high school and college students busy helping in the food bank and on special projects, but we’ve had more help from our youth this summer than ever before.

After an announcement was made at North Kitsap High School Honors Program just before the end of the school year, more than 12 students immediately jumped in to help us.  First on the list of projects was sorting the food received during the recent postal drive, nearly 17,000 pounds of cans, jars and packages that needed to be date checked and  organized.  Thanks to the help of these young people, we were done in 1 week, a process that normally takes 2-3 weeks.  Then it was onto helping organize the new front market system, all the while pitching in every day by sorting groceries and stocking food shelves as they emptied during our busy days.  Some of our students will even be serving as checkout volunteers next week and beyond, as we implement our new “Fish Bucks” market design.

Featured:  Marlon Basco & Bryce Whitford pack up boxes of bread. (Kitsap Sun)

All around Fishline, you can hear volunteers say to each other, “The teen help we’ve had this summer has been great!” and that is certainly true.  We’re very lucky to have their help, knowing that our future is in good hands if it’s in the hands of these great leaders-in-the-making. 


Community Events, Week of July 16

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Poulsbo City Hall

On Wednesday, July 18,  Suquamish Church of Christ will host a community dinner between 5-7pm.  This is a weekly event. All are welcome! 

On Thursday, July 19,  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 Saturday, July 21, 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!


Front Market at Fishline Starts New Fish Bucks System Today: Success!

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Today’s front market “fish bucks” opening went very well.  Our clients enjoy the new shopping model, and seem to feel less anxious.  The food lasted longer throughout the day for those who couldn’t make it earlier.  Our first full day on the new system was a success!   


If you are a Fishline client and were not able to make one of the orientation sessions last week, there will be volunteers and staff ready to answer your questions, familiarize you with the new system, and even help you shop your first or second time.  Prices will be clearly marked on all items and shopping tools will be available to help clients keep track of their “fish bucks” balances while shopping.