Several years ago, we outgrew our current rented space in the
Eagles Building on Burnham Drive.
Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH Food Bank leaders and supporters started working on plans for a
larger facility that would provide more room for grocery shopping, a separate area for
and household items, space for private client meetings, and much more warehouse space for
and other items.
Our new building is becoming reality. In September,
from Washington Patriot Construction
poured the foundation for GHP FISH Food Bank’s building which will meet the ever-growing
urgent need in the greater Gig Harbor and the Key Peninsula.
A project like this usually takes four or five years from
planning to ground-breaking. The work
and dedication of the design/build team and the GHP FISH Building Committee is a
what can be done when there is a defined goal and a passion to get it done.
Planning for our new facility began in 2019 and we have already reached several significant
2019/2020 – researched and identified a suitable location; acquired a building site
a 99-year, $1-per-year lease
2020/21 Fall/Winter – completed preliminary facility design and other
work; began the permitting processs
2021 Summer – celebrated groundbreaking on June 29; began construction
We expect construction will continue into 2022. If all work goes according to current plans,
will move into our new facility in the summer of 2022!
Now is the time
Our current facility is woefully inadequate – it’s way too small to meet
needs, the space is awkward and inefficient, the roof leaks, and there’s not
on-site storage or refrigeration.
With the added challenges caused by the pandemic, the time for a new home for
Harbor Peninsula FISH Food Bank & Community Services is NOW.
The building project is on a fast track because the need is so urgent – we can’t
afford to wait any longer for a new facility.
Thanks to wonderful community support, the $8 million Building the Future
has already raised over $6.2 million!
Now we need your help to get us over the top.
We believe in neighbor helping neighbor
Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH Food Bank & Community Services is here for all who
We serve 11 zip codes across the Key Peninsula, not just Gig Harbor.
Sometimes just a little assistance at just the right time makes all the
in helping people get back on their feet.
We are more than a food bank
We also provide clothing, transportation services, educational support, and
other community resources.
We help keep people in their homes by providing emergency financial assistance
utilities and rent.
The need is great . . . and growing
There is hidden poverty in Gig Harbor and across the Key Peninsula, and the need
growing. In these uncertain times, you might be surprised who needs some help.
Over 40 percent of students in the Gig Harbor School district are eligible for
or reduced-cost meals.
Over 40 percent of Gig Harbor households are classified as ALICE (Asset Limited
Income Constrained Employed) and are just one paycheck or challenge away from
Over 61 percent of our clients are seniors on fixed or limited incomes and in
of food and other services.
Volunteers are Making it
Lori Ann Reeder
Board of Directors
Kathy & Paul Marshall
Thank you, campaign donors!
These organizations have provided in-kind contributions of
goods or services to help build our new facility. We are grateful for their generosity and
Bill Acker Consulting Services
Donkey Creek Holdings, LLC
First Western Properties
Gray Road Holdings, LLC
Eric Lazar Fire Protection
Ratcliffe Gagliano Architects
WA Patriot Construction
Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church
The Cake Lady
Help us build the future
Tell me more . . .
If you want to stay up-to-date on the progress of our new building and what’s new at GHP
please email us here
and we’ll send you upcoming issues of our FISH Line newsletter and other
important information about how GHP FISH is helping our neighbors in need.