FISH of Vancouver food pantry announces efforts to acquire new facility

43522_NABES_food_bank_str3FISH of Vancouver, one of Clark County’s busiest food pantries providing emergency food to families and individuals, has recently announced a capital campaign led by a steering committee of local business and community leaders.

Steering Committee members are Tim Calderbank, Partner, Landerholm; David Copenhaver, President and CEO, Acorn Acquisitions; Carol Keljo, Owner, Security Signs; Casey Wyckoff, President, LSW Architects; Gary Bock, Executive Director, Southwest Washington Contractors Association; Greg Flakus, President, GF Strategies; George Kaufer, Director and Board member, FISH of Vancouver; Dick Kunkle, Board Member, FISH of Vancouver; Terry Phillips, President, The Phillips Group; Katlin Smith, Principal, UrbanWords Group; Eddie Allen, Director of Community Wellness, Victor Fitness; Joyce Malin, President, Custom Writing Services and Al Berg, Board member, FISH of Vancouver and Community Philanthropist.

FISH of Vancouver has a capital campaign goal of $2 million, which will fund the purchase of a new facility and needed building improvements. To date, $1.2 million has been raised including a $1 million grant from the State of Washington Department of Commerce. Additional funds are sought from businesses and individuals.

The food pantry is currently located in a 1,500 sq foot rented space at St. Paul Lutheran Church in downtown Vancouver. A preferred location has been selected in west Vancouver. FISH hopes to occupy the new location in the fall of 2014. For more information about FISH of Vancouver, call 360-695-4903. For information about the capital campaign, call 360-573-7027.