Volunteers are the heart of the FISH food bank in its four locations in Hood River County.
FISH took delivery last week of the Hood River Valley High School holiday canned food drive, which can provide up to 20 percent of the food banks’ annual food needs.
Volunteer coordinator Billie Stevens said, “People are just wonderful. I have worked with volunteers all my life and ours are the cream of the crop.”
Food donations are accepted at all four locations (details below) and monetary donations for operations, or for the capital campaign, can be mailed to FISH treasurer Becky Bugge, 3481 Ehrck Hill Road, Hood River, OR 97031.
n The Hood River site, on June Street one block east of 12th Street on the Heights, open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 to 11 a.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon
n Parkdale: Monday 4-6 p.m., in Community Church
n Odell: Thursday 4-6 p.m., St. Francis House, Odell Highway and Davis Road.
n Cascade Locks: Fourth Wednesday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m., in the Cascade Locks City Hall gymnasium .
To volunteer at any food bank, call 541-386-3474.
Open on Dec. 26: Hood River and Cascade Locks food banks. Hood River will be open on Dec. 31, and Parkdale will be closed.
What’s most needed: items including tuna, soups and stews, dry pastas and beans, cereal, macaroni and cheese, and vegetable oil.
Meanwhile, the FISH capital campaign (for a new facility in Hood River) is ongoing. A suggested Christmas present is a donation to FISH in the name of a family member or friend.
Go to the FISH website, and click on the Alternative Gift icon at the top of the home page, to print out a gift form.