The FISH Food Banks of Pierce County received a $200,000 grant on Friday.
The money is from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s 2014 Neighborhood Builders award. It is an unrestricted grant given to non-profits that address significant needs in a community. It pairs the grant money with leadership training.
“It’s our hope that this leadership training and funding will not only deepen (the food bank’s) impact today, but sustain their mission and services over time,” Christi Gordon, of Bank of America, Puget Sound, said in a press release.
The food banks were founded in 1973, and now has seven locations across the county, as well as a mobile food bank. The FISH food banks hope the grant will help double the work of the mobile food bank — a semi-truck that goes to areas of the county with limited or no access to nutritious food. Last year, the first full year the mobile food bank was run, 30,000 people were served. So far, in 2013, the FISH food banks have served 414,340 clients, according to it’s website.
“This grant from Bank of America will make a huge difference in the amount of food we’re able to distribute and the amount of people we’re able to serve,” Beth Elliot, Executive Director of FISH, said in the release.
FISH has a location in the Key Peninsula, at Key Peninsula Lutheran Church, 8908 Key Peninsula Highway N, Lakebay, 98349.
The official announcement of the grant was made at the Tacoma Rotary 8 luncheon.Reporter Karen Miller can be reached at 253-358-4155 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.