Food pantries throughout the country are struggling to meet the increased demand as families deal with unemployment and rising costs for essential needs. These organizations stand in the gap providing critical assistance that helps families survive. In Berryville, the food pantry operated by FISH of Clarke County is a great way to have a real impact on the lives of those around us who need help. In a time when people feel marginalized by the magnitude of the immense problems that our country faces, FISH provides a way to help at a local level.
FISH of Clarke County is a not-for-profit organization that helps Clarke County residents who need immediate sympathetic help . Since October 1969, FISH has supported residents in Clarke in their time of need. With and through the local churches, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the Department of Social Services, and the generous gifts of county citizens, FISH has brought people and families through countless crises and difficult situations.
While FISH provides an array of services, from transportation for seniors to emergency financial assistance, one of the most pronounced benefits the organization provides to our community is the central food bank at the Social Services office in Berryville. Located on Main Street, the facility provides easy access for people to drop off donations and for those in need to get assistance. However, storage space has always been a limitation and with demand growing, FISH has taken a bold step to expand their footprint in the county to provide even more help. Through the generosity of Marvin Chapel United Methodist Church, FISH has obtained, free of charge, several rooms that can be used for the storage of nonperishable food and other items such as diapers and wipes. This space will provide much needed additional storage for donations while the food bank will remain in Berryville.
To capitalize on this new capacity FISH has launched a county wide food drive starting Sunday October 3oth through November 5th. Donations may be dropped off at the corner of Crow & Church Street in Berryville at the lot adjacent to Dollar General during the following times: Sunday through Friday 4 to 6 pm, and Saturday, 11/5, 12 noon to 6pm.
Century 21 at 310 N. Buckmarsh Street in Berryville is also accepting donations and is sponsoring a raffle for a large Official Redskins Doormat which retails for $300. Raffle tickets are $2.00 each and all proceeds go to the FISH Food Drive. Assistance is also available for pick-up of donations by calling 955-1823 to schedule a time.
- macaroni & cheese
- canned vegetables & soup
- paper products
- pasta sauces
- peanut butter and jelly
- pasta and rice
- packaged dinners
This is a great opportunity to make a difference in Clarke County and with the approach of winter now is a great time to get involved. Stop by the grocery store and buy some extra items to drop off today. No one in Clarke County should go hungry and together we can make a difference.