Our New Building
Our New Building
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“Building The Future” Campaign
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Thank You!
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Our New Building
Background
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 new, larger facility that would provide more room for grocery shopping, a separate area for clothing and household items, space for private client meetings, and much more warehouse space for food and other items.
Our new building is becoming reality. In September, workers from Washington Patriot Construction poured the foundation for GHP FISH Food Bank’s building which will meet the ever-growing and 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 testament to what can be done when there is a defined goal and a passion to get it done.
Timeline
Planning for our new facility began in 2019 and we have already reached several significant milestones:
  • 2019/2020 – researched and identified a suitable location; acquired a building site with a 99-year, $1-per-year lease
  • 2020/21 Fall/Winter – completed preliminary facility design and other pre-construction 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, we will move into our new facility in the summer of 2022!
“Building The Future” Campaign
Now is the time
  • Our current facility is woefully inadequate – it’s way too small to meet community needs, the space is awkward and inefficient, the roof leaks, and there’s not enough on-site storage or refrigeration.
  • With the added challenges caused by the pandemic, the time for a new home for Gig 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 campaign 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 need a helping hand.
  • 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 difference in helping people get back on their feet.
We are more than a food bank
  • We also provide clothing, transportation services, educational support, and access to other community resources.
  • We help keep people in their homes by providing emergency financial assistance for utilities and rent.
The need is great . . . and growing
  • There is hidden poverty in Gig Harbor and across the Key Peninsula, and the need is 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 free 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 needing help.
  • Over 61 percent of our clients are seniors on fixed or limited incomes and in need of food and other services.
Thank You!
Volunteers are Making it Happen
Campaign Cabinet
Berta Brynestad
Amy Gartlan
Lori Ann Reeder
Jan Coen
Sue John
Peachy Smalling
Ron Coen
Tim Payne
Greg Unruh
Spencer Hutchins
Beth Perrow
Building Committee
Jan Coen
Michael Perrow
Ron Coen
Wade Perrow
Zarah Florance
Jeanne Ratcliffe-Gagliano
Amy Gartlan
Lisa Tallman
Board of Directors
Jan Coen
Betty Jutte
Ron Coen
Kathy & Paul Marshall
Kevin Cummings
Leslie Peterson
Donna Fisher
Jeannie Rodenberg
Amy Gartlan
Carrie Selby
Jane Hampton
Dawn Wagner
Sue John
Thank you, campaign donors!
In-Kind support
These organizations have provided in-kind contributions of goods or services to help build our new facility. We are grateful for their generosity and support!
Bill Acker Consulting Services
Braaten Videography
Donkey Creek Holdings, LLC
First Western Properties
Gray Road Holdings, LLC
Eric Lazar Fire Protection
Christine McArdle
Ratcliffe Gagliano Architects
Star Rental
WA Patriot Construction
Canterwood Magazine
Franciscan Foundation
Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church
Costco
The Cake Lady
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Tell me more . . .
If you want to stay up-to-date on the progress of our new building and what’s new at GHP FISH, 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.
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