Poulsbo BrewCrawl to Raise Funds for NK Fishline


Do you have a favorite Poulsbo Brewery? Help them win bragging rights of being Poulsbo’s Most Popular Brewery while giving to NK Fishline!

Here’s how it works:  
  • Pick up your “passport” & raffle ticket for $10 (you can  pick one up at Marina Market, right down the stairs from the food bank or any of the participating breweries).
  • Every time you go to your favorite Poulsbo brewery and buy a beer, present this passport and get a stamp.  Each stamp will represent a donation by the brewery to NK Fishline and add to the Most Popular Brewery contest.
  • When you get 20 stamps, turn in your passport — this will be your invitation to the winning brewery’s BBQ! 
Read more about this fun-fundraiser at Westsound Beer News!  This event is sponsored by Marina Market and ends on September 3rd.   

Fishline’s Volunteer Manager Becomes Official


When Gavin Watt officially became Fishline’s Volunteer Manager on August 1, many Fishline insiders were surprised. Gavin has been doing this job since the first of this year, but most didn’t know that he was doing so as a volunteer. When he stepped down from his role on the Fishline Board in July, he was able to become part of the paid staff, which we are happy about as he has been working so hard in service to Fishline.

Gavin is a self-effacing man, so you don’t hear much about the rich and interesting history that is his story. He was born in Michigan, the oldest of 8 children, living “a pretty normal childhood”. He joined the Navy when he was 18, moved to San Francisco and went into the Merchant Marine, ultimately serving in Vietnam. When he returned and went to school, he worked on ships during the summers to raise money for his tuition. He learned skills during this time that would launch him into the career that would come next.

Before he graduated, he married Laurel and had a family – 2 daughters – working odd jobs mostly in power plants. When the family moved to Canada (“Dad’s Canadian”), he dabbled in a hobby that he had once thought would be his career, photography. But it’s hard to make a living taking pictures, so he continued working in power plants in the area. They moved back to the states, onto Vashon Island, where he started a business in construction testing air and water flows. After 7 years as his own boss, he was invited to take on a job in the same field in California. He eventually retired and moved back to the Northwest.

As often happens with youthful, curious people, retirement wasn’t dormant for Gavin. He started doing his photography again and looked for volunteer work. He heard about Fishline, which he originally thought was “providing food for retired fishermen”. He started as a receptionist, where he worked capably for 3 years, then took on the volunteer role of Program Manager for Food for Thought. When the opening for Volunteer Manager came up, he graciously agreed to take it on. Aside from the confusion coming from an office that has a Gavin and a Garvin, he was able to get going right away and brought order and calm to what can be a very busy workplace.

This job can have its challenges. Keeping a hopping food bank and thrift store staffed with trained volunteers can have its ups and downs. “The hardest part is getting enough steady volunteers to keep up with our growth. ” But the ups are wonderfully energizing. “I love the people, the volunteers, the students we have working with us, our clients. It’s a great group of people to work with.”

You can contact Gavin at [email protected] with any questions or interest in becoming a NK Fishline volunteer. We’d love to have you!

Community Events, Week of August 6

First Lutheran Church in Poulsbo

On Wednesday, August 8,  Suquamish Church of Christ will host a community dinner between 5-7pm.  This is a weekly event. All are welcome.  

On Thursday, August 9, First Lutheran Church in Poulsbo will host a community dinner between 5-6pm.  This is a weekly event.  All are welcome.  

On Saturday, August 11, 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.  

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. 

We are also doing our school supply drive until August 17.  Here are the drop off locations!

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. 

— Fujiyama Japanese Steakhouse, 9989 Silverdale Way, Suite 109, Silverdale. (Receive 10% off your bill with a donation of 3+ school supply items, excluding alcohol and gratuity, not valid with any other discounts.)

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

Fishline Celebrates August’s Featured Community Partner: Poulsbo North Kitsap Rotary


Every Friday morning when they meet at 7 am at the Sons of Norway Lodge, local Rotarians look forward to a warm and hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon and hash browns.  But every month on the 2nd Tuesday, members skip the normal breakfast, eating only oatmeal instead.  This sacrificial act has a purpose – it reminds the members that some in our community eat oatmeal because it is all they can afford.   But additionally, the money Rotary saves by serving oatmeal is donated to Fishline, a regular reminder of the commitment it has made to help our community.
In scores of other ways, Rotary helps Fishline and its clients.  Many of its members, representatives of businesses throughout our town, hold Fishline fundraisers throughout the year.  Rotarians are on the Fishline Board and also volunteer to help in daily operations.   A Rotarian even volunteers to do our early morning (5:00 am!) Central Market pickup each week.  And through membership in the Rotary, Fishline’s Director can announce any need Fishline has and be assured of a positive,supportive response.
This year, Rotary purchased for Fishline a sorely-needed three-door cooler, a huge contribution that will make it possible for us to provide nourishing fruits, vegetables and dairy to dozens more families each week.  Fishline is just one of the area non-profits which benefits from the mandate of service that forms Rotary’s mission.  All year, thousands of dollars and hours are devoted to worthy local endeavors that improve the quality of life for all of us in North Kitsap. We thank North Kitsap Rotary for their remarkable, ongoing support of Fishline’s mission.

How NK Fishline’s Front Market Helps the Community


Our front market is stocked with imperfect but edible items from our community partners and grocery stores.  The self-serve food market has fresh fruits and vegetables, bread and dairy.

If you are in need of NK Fishline’s services, the front market is a good place to start.  For many people, the daily market is crucial in stabilizing their family’s monthly budget and for others, it may be the only source for fresh food.  The welcoming faces of volunteers and staff is cheerful and warm and instantly lifts the spirit of those who visit.

Clients are welcome to use the market daily. It is open to all in our service area.  Visit NK Fishline at 18916 NE Third Ave in Poulsbo or call today (360)598-5190 to learn more about our services.