Gig Harbor’s FISH food bank expands

Adjoining building will allow clients to shop much like a grocery store

Special to the GatewayJune 11, 2014 

The Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH food bank, long located in the building which houses the Gig Harbor Eagles Club, recently enjoyed a substantial increase in its size and food display facilities.

“Basically, the story is that we have now completed renovating an additional 1,400 square-feet adjoining our original food bank,” said Ron Coen, GHPF administrator. “It now allows us to let clients select their own food with the help of a personal shopper, much like in a grocery store. It also provides more room to house other agencies providing a wide range of services.”

Those agencies include the Department of Social and Health Services, Associated Ministries, Southsound Outreach and other experts who help people sign up for medical benefits.

The whole idea of the expansion is to better serve those in need, explained Coen. Washington Patriot construction helped with the renovation and Spectra flooring provided new flooring, both at reduced rates. Rodda paint provided the paint and Dino Marzano did a professional job of painting. The Dan and Pat Nelson Family Foundation provided a new commercial freezer and refrigerator. The entire remodel operation was coordinated by Steve Heuer.

“The community has been wonderful in helping us to expand,” Coen said. “This year’s Letter Carriers Food Drive came at exactly the right time. The donations were larger than usual, which means we opened our new facility with shelves full — at least for the moment. The whole process is a tribute to the greater Gig Harbor community and the way we live out the idea of ‘Neighbor Helping Neighbor.’”

For more information, contact Ron Coen at 253-857-5386 or 253-549-3484.

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