CHANGE - What a scary word this can be --- or it can be a happy word. The circumstances certainly make a difference, don’t they? Lake Township FISH is and will be undergoing many changes within the next few months.
There have been great strides made since we moved to the present area. The partnership with the Akron-Canton Food Bank was probably the most significant and beneficial change. The amounts of refrigerated products including fresh fruits and vegetables and dairy items distributed to the clients in the last seven years since we moved have increased immensely. The foresight and vision of the director at that time was that it would be like a grocery store and a choice program. Today it remains like that.
Other changes have been made in the last month. The Akron-Canton Food Bank has created a partnership situation with several local grocery stores. FISH is going to be a part in this arrangement. Because Marc’s of Hartville is so close to the FISH food pantry, volunteers from FISH pick the free over-stock groceries directly from this store once a week and within 15 minutes the food is transported, sorted and in the freezers and refrigerators. The meat, dairy products, and baked goods are wonderful additions to the pantry. In three weeks, FISH has collected 600+ lbs of good food that will be appreciated by the clients and not wasted in a landfill. A similar program is in place at the local Scheetz store.
In other news, by now, you probably know with the expansion of the Hartville Thrift Shoppe, the Lake Township FISH pantry will be moving to the lower level of the present location. Much has been done and needs to be done to turn the space into a “grocery store.”
We thank God for the blessings He has provided the way for thousands of people to receive groceries and emergency financial assistance over the many years and ask that you pray for direction for this to continue. We are grateful that God never changes.
Amazon Smile Program - Amazon donates 0.5% of the cost of your purchases to FISH. Log on to http://amazon.com/ch/80-0253590.
Aluminum Can Collection at NeoFill - Until April 22, this company will be collecting aluminum cans for Earth Day. FISH will be the recipient of the funds for the recycled cans. Drop cans at NeoFill’s address: 650 S Prospect Avenue, Hartville, Ohio 44632, or put the empty cans in the FISH wagon in the lobby of Garnes Hall and Jan and Tom will deliver them to NeoFill.
United Way - You can specify that your donation to United Way go to Lake Township FISH. Please check with your employer.