FISH is a non-profit corporation comprised of 13 area churches of various denominations and also the Great Falls Y's Men Club. It provides food to the needy in Great Falls on an emergency basis. Some examples of individuals we have helped are from illness and/or loss of employment. This ministry is sustained by food and money contributed by many individuals and churches, as well as, the Great Falls Community Food Bank. The groceries provided to clients can sustain them from several days to a week. We serve approximately 50 families a week. FISH is an all-volunteer organization.
To request food from FISH, individuals go to Opportunities, Inc. where they are evaluated for eligibility. They are then issued a referral slip which they take with them when they pick up food from FISH located at the Great Falls Community Food Bank building at 1620 12th Ave North.
Each church or organization hands out food for one week every 3 months. Volunteers are responsible for handing out bags of groceries which include mainly non-perishable items but also include meat, eggs, and butter. Toiletries are also distributed. Volunteers then replenish the bags of groceries from items on shelves and are also responsible for the stocking of shelves. Bethel has a pool of about 20 volunteers of which 3 serve any particular day. FISH is open from 9 am to 11 am Monday through Friday but is closed most holidays. If you are interested in this ministry please contact Mary Gernaat (452-8769) or John Blank (452-2829).