Food for Thought


Food for Thought is another one of our many food services designed to serve those at need in our community.  This 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.  During the school year, the packs are delivered to the child at their school on Friday afternoons.  Summer packs are also available and can be picked up by registered families at NK Fishline.

Residents of Poulsbo, Suquamish, and Keyport are eligible for the Food for Thought program.  Contact client services at NK Fishline to apply.

We are currently collecting items for our Food for Thought program and are in need of the following items:

 Nature’s Valley Granola Bars
 Tree Top Fruit Snacks
 Pop Tarts
 Indv. Oatmeal Packets
 Peanut Butter Crackers
 Apple Sauce Cups
 Fruit Cups
 Pudding Cups
 Indv. Cereal Boxes
 Beef Cup of Noodles
 Chili or Chicken Soup
 Indv. Craisins/raisins

With the back to school snack sales, this would be a great time to collect and donate to this worthwhile program!

Community Events, Week of August 20

Image from Kitsap Tours

Tonight, August 20th, St. Olaf’s Catholic Church will be hosting a community dinner from 5 to 7pm.    This is a once a month event. All are welcome.  

Also tonight, August 20th, we will have our monthly board meeting.  This meeting is held in the upstairs conference room of Central Market from 6:30 to 8pm. The public is welcome to attend. 

On Wednesday, August 22,  Suquamish Church of Christ will host a community dinner between 5-7pm.  This is a weekly event. All are welcome. 

On Thursday, August 23, First Lutheran Church in Poulsbo will host a community dinner between 5-6pm.  This is a weekly event.  All are welcome.  

On Friday, August 24, Kingston Churches will hold a community dinner at the Kingston VFW from 5 to 6:30pm.  This is a monthly event and all are welcome.  

On Saturday, August 25, we are hosting a Memorial and Fishline Fundraiser for Garvin Tootle, our  Operations Manager who passed away last June.  This event will be held at the Poulsbo Waterfront from 10am to 11:30am. 

On Saturday, August 18, Gateway Fellowship Church in Poulsbo will also host a community lunch, from 11:30 to 1pm.  This is a weekly event and all are welcome.  

Donation Station:  Don’t forget — on Saturday, the Fishline van will be at Albertson’s in Poulsbo to collect food and clothing donations from 11am to 1pm.  This is a weekly event until October.

Marina Market is sponsoring the Poulsbo BrewCrawl until September 3.  Click here to read more!  

 Contact NK Fishline to add your event to our calendar!  Want to plan ahead? Visit our website to review the events calendar. 

Little Helpers Making a Big Difference

Jennifer Bunstock and her four children bring food in for the NK Fishline community every month. Between

her extreme couponing and her savvy shopping at the Navy Commissary, they bring in a whopping 250-350 pounds every month for our clients. Just wanted to share these adorable photos.  We admire her for teaching her children the value of service to others and thank Jennifer and her family for their continued donations! 

What Is An E-Box?

An example of what an E-box may contain.

In addition to the Front Market Services, NK Fishline provides an E-box for families in need.  Emergency food boxes, also known as an “E-boxes”, are available to clients once per month.

The size of these boxes depends on the size of your family, and includes food for balanced meals for four days. In order to qualify for the service, you would need to register with NK Fishline and live within the service area:  Poulsbo, Suquamish, and Keyport.

Asking for help can be intimidating — our aim is let you know how things work at NK Fishline so that you feel comfortable when coming to learn about our services.  Here’s what to expect when you are interested in an E-box:

  • After registering with the front desk or through client services, you would be given a checklist of items to select from.  These items may or may not be available, but helps our staff of volunteers put together a box of items from our available stock that would be best used by your family.  The checklist also considers whether or not there are any allergies, vegetarian preferences, dietary health concerns, and what food preparation equipment is available to you.  
  • You would then wait in a waiting area or use the E-box preparation time to shop in our Front Market.  When your name is called, you may be given a choice of our specialty items when they are available.  You can also expect some help to load your items into your car.  Courteous, friendly — and always very thoughtful of our client’s needs:  that’s the best way to describe this experience.  

To register for client services, use our online form or visit the food bank at 18916 NE Third Ave in Poulsbo.

Top Ten Reasons to Volunteer


#10: It’s good for you.

Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards. It:
  • Reduces stress: Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns.
  • Makes you healthier: Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one’s fate, strengthen the immune system.

#9: It saves resources.

Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spent on client services

#8: Volunteers gain professional experience.

You can test out a career.  Read this story about our Volunteer Manager, Gavin Watt

#7: It brings people together.

The volunteer community at NK Fishline unites people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal:  assisting our community in need.  Volunteers learn camaraderie and teamwork.  

#6: It promotes personal growth and self esteem.

Understanding community needs helps foster empathy and self-efficacy.

#5: Volunteering strengthens your community.

Volunteering helps to support, strengthen, and improve your community. 

#4: You learn a lot.

Volunteers learn things like these:
  • Self: Volunteers discover hidden talents that may change your view on your self worth.
  • Community: Volunteers gain knowledge of local resources available to solve community needs.

#3: You get a chance to give back.

People like to support community resources that they use themselves or that benefit people they care about.

#2: Volunteering encourages civic responsibility.

Community service and volunteerism are an investment in our community and the people who live in it.

#1: You make a difference.

Every person counts!
Visit our webpage to read more about volunteering at NK Fishline.  Contact our Volunteer Manager to ask questions about volunteering.