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FISH of Howard County, Inc.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors


As our neighbors face even more critical needs during the virus pandemic, our dedicated FISH volunteers continue to provide much-needed support.

Per pandemic guidelines, our food delivery procedure has been modified to maximize safety for FISH clients and volunteers. While our pantry facility and food items are sanitized regularly, it is vital that food recipients follow safety recommendations when unpacking their delivery.


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For nearly forty-five years, FISH of Howard County, Inc. (Maryland) has provided food, financial assistance, referral information and other aid to county residents with legitimate emergency needs.

Its resources are the generosity of churches, schools, scouts, local groups/foundations, grocery stores and individuals, along with the efforts of the volunteers who make up the FISH network.

Even when the national economy is in good health, there are always those who suffer misfortunes that put them in need of assistance. FISH has helped countless families with a variety of needs.

FISH received 1,204 requests for assistance in a recent 12-month period.
Those calls resulted in delivery of nutritious food to feed 383 hungry children and 290 adults for a week or more.

In 2018 FISH granted nearly $48,000 in crisis assistance for utility turnoffs ($30,553), evictions/rent ($15,631), prescriptions/medical ($283), plus funds for heating oil or other basic needs.

Only 2.5% of donations went to minimal operating expenses (e.g., phone, helpline database, postage, bank fees). FISH is a totally volunteer non-profit, there are no salary costs.

FISH Emergency Services:
  • Food (7-10 day supply delivered to clients’ homes)
  • Limited financial aid for: -Rent -Utilities - Fuel Oil - Other Emergencies
  • Financial aid for Prescriptions
  • Personal hygiene, laundry, paper supplies
  • Follow-up calls to clients with ongoing needs
  • Information & Referral