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Community Support Helps Broomfield FISH Grow to Meet Increasing Demands

Oct 01, 2018 08:00AM

Broomfield FISH is not only a thriving food pantry, the 501c3 also provides critical transportation assistance,rent and utility assistance, and numerous other services to Broomfield families and individuals in need. Since 1963 and throughout the past 55 years, FISH has grown into a vital community resource, serving approximately 6,000 people each year.

Did you know 48% of the people FISH helps are children under the age of 18? Or that the cost of living in Broomfield has skyrocketed to the point where FISH families are spending 80% of their total income just on housing? Or that many seniors on a fixed income have to choose between purchasing needed medicines and food?

To address such needs and dozens of others, on Thursday, November 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Broomfield FISH is hosting its annual Harvest of Hope Luncheon at the Omni Interlocken Hotel. 

 “The Harvest of Hope is our primary fundraising event,” said Emily Crouse-Joo, events and marketing consultant for Broomfield FISH. She added that in the past year, “We have seen a major uptick in requests for not only food but housing and utility support as well, so we are hoping for a very strong turnout.”

Harvest of Hope is by far FISH’s largest fundraiser of the year. There is no cost to attend this inspiring event; guests instead are invited to donate however much they choose at the end of the program.

By supporting Harvest of Hope, guests help FISH meet several goals including:

• Ensuring that Broomfield residents do not go hungry

• Supporting family Resource Center activities

• Promoting stable homes for FISH families

• Promoting pathways to self-sufficiency 

• Offering mentoring and resources

“We are very excited for this year’s luncheon presentation because we will feature our strong partnership with King Soopers on Miramonte Blvd. and Hwy 287, as well as hear from the store manager at our local Sprouts who was a client here at FISH several years ago.  In addition, we will have Miss Teen Colorado, also a previous client of FISH, and her mom, Mrs. USA, present for the event,” said Crouse-Joo. 

There are many ways to support FISH including as a financial donor, as a volunteer, by hosting a food drive, or by participating in Adopt-a-Shelf. The Adopt-a-Shelf program allows families, groups, neighborhoods or businesses to adopt a shelf of food and refill it once a month with either a monetary donation or by purchasing items. Most adoptive groups spend between $40 and $200 to restock their shelves. It takes multiple adoptions for each item. Visit the website for information about items that are in highest demand, and shelves in need of a sponsor.

Founded in 1963, Broomfield FISH helps neighbors in need with emergency food and financial assistance, while at the same time empowering them to become more self-sufficient. For more information on attending the Harvest of Hope and other ways to get involved with FISH, visit www.broomfieldfish.org. To register for the event visit:  https://broomfieldfish.ejoinme.org/2018HOH