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FISH Harvest of Hope Helps Meet Needs of Thousands in Broomfield

Oct 01, 2019 07:29AM ● By Jeremy Totten
By Elle Powell, Junior Legacy High School

When was the last time you had to decide between feeding your family and paying the rent or mortgage? This is a dilemma that many people face. In the past year, Broomfield FISH served more than 6,000 unduplicated residents or nearly 10% of the population in Broomfield.

With escalating housing prices, Broomfield FISH is not expecting those numbers to decrease any time soon. Broomfield FISH was founded as a non-profit organization in 1963, by a group of women from six local churches. The name stands for “Fellowship In Serving Humanity.” FISH’s original focus was solely to provide food to those in need. While FISH is still known as a food bank, it has expanded its services to also provide transportation assistance, rent and utility assistance, and other services to help families become financially stable and self-sufficient.

As the needs of the community have expanded, FISH has responded. People may have a misconception about the clients of FISH, but FISH serves families from every neighborhood in Broomfield. As an example, a local family had rented a house in Broomfield for the last 20 years. They had no problem paying their rent as there were two steady incomes in the family. However, when housing costs increased $600 a month and the husband was furloughed, their income dropped significantly. The family was referred to FISH and received temporary rent assistance and food. They were so appreciative of the support that they have since begun donating and volunteering!

FISH provides valuable services to the community and 92 cents of every dollar donated in the last year went to directly benefit our neighbors in need. In order to continue to support the community, FISH hosts an annual fundraising luncheon called Harvest of Hope. By attending Harvest of Hope, you can not only learn more about Broomfield FISH, but also help support the community and FISH.

WHAT: HARVEST OF HOPE Fundraising Luncheon
WHERE: Omni Interlocken Hotel, 500 Interlocken Blvd.
WHEN: 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m., October 22, 2019
REGISTRATION LINK: https://broomfieldfish.ejoinme.org/2019HOHDonateNow
 
There is no cost to attend, but donations are greatly appreciated as FISH will distribute more than one million pounds of food this year. By supporting FISH, you will help us: ensure that FISH families do not go hungry and have healthy food choices; stabilize families through innovative programs and strong community partnerships; and expand “Break from Hunger” outreach program for children and senior citizens. FISH welcomes volunteers, monetary, and in-kind donations. For more information visit www.broomfieldfish.org/, email [email protected] or call 303-465-1600.