For Immediate and Sympathetic Help, better known as FISH, “envisions Fauquier County as a place where no one goes hungry and anyone in need has a place to turn.” Their team of volunteers has held true to this mission despite increased demand and diminishing supplies, but now they need our community’s help.
When the announcement was made on March 13, 2020, to close schools, FISH sprang into action, contacting school administrators and developing a plan to continue their Weekend Power Pack program. Due to the generosity of the PATH Foundation, No Kid Hungry, and many private donors, FISH has been able to provide Weekend Power Pack families with five days’ worth of food each week.
Since the shutdown began, FISH has distributed over 1,700 bags of food to families enrolled in their program as well as to those requesting help through the FCPS Nutrition Hotline. Despite generous grants and donations, FISH is struggling to source items needed. A countywide food drive will take place on Friday, May 8.
Items needed: Mac and cheese, canned tuna or chicken, cereal, oatmeal, pasta and pasta sauce (must be in a plastic jar or metal can)
Drop off times: 9 a.m. to noon
Drop off locations: Fauquier, Kettle Run, or Liberty High School
(Look for a bus with tables and cones near the main entrance of the school.)
Drop off options: Trunk or table.
• Trunk — Cones will be set up near the donation buses. Donors may put donations in their trunk, pull up, pop their trunk, and a volunteer will pick up the donation.
• Table — A table will be placed near the buses. Donors may park and place donations on the table for volunteers to collect.
An Amazon wish list has been set up for those interested in donating online.