Nearly 650 families have asked them for help this Christmas, but so far F.I.S.H food pantry in Carson City doesn’t have enough to meet a growing need. As they prepare to distribute those meals on Monday, Director of Friends In Service Helping, Jim Peckham, says they're still 200 turkeys short. “We, unfortunately, have run very shy on donations for turkeys.” he explains as he calls other local agencies looking for help.
F.I.S.H is hoping to supply holiday meals to approximately 22,000 needy neighbors this year. He says the community has always helped in hard times, but this year has been tough. “We’re seeing more and more families where they’re a two person income and one person lost a job.” He says. “Now they can’t afford to make ends meet, and we’re seeing more and more new faces. In fact, we see over 100 new families every month.”
The nonprofit serves the needs of Carson, Douglas, Storey and Lyon counties. They offer meals, and housing assistance as well as counseling and medical care. This time of year, however, the focus is on making sure no one in need goes without a holiday meal. Even with donations down at food pantries across the country, Peckham says there is no "need" test for a Christmas meal. Everyone making request will get one, but F.I.S.H does work with other organizations in the area to prevent duplication and make sure there is enough to go around.
F.I.S.H. is located at 138 E Long Street in Carson City. Their offices will be open on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM to accept and organize donations. If you would like more information about how you can help, please click on the link below.