About F.I.S.H. Food Pantry
Founded in 1970, F.I.S.H. Food Pantry celebrates 45 years of service to the community in 2015. The initials of F.I.S.H. tell the story: Friend, I Shall Help. We are an organization of volunteers helping people in emergency situations.
In 2014, we provided food for more than 32,000 individuals from over 6,000 families. We also collected and distributed over 6,000 items of clothing. We use the Illinois Department of Human Services Income Eligibility for 2016 as our guideline. We spend over $9,000 per month on food.
F.I.S.H. is funded by donated cash and food from various organizations such as churches, schools, businesses, scouts, women and men’s organizations and individuals. We also receive food from local grocery stores.
All the people who work at F.I.S.H. Food Pantry are volunteers, including the officers, the majority of whom are senior citizens.