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.