President Phil Wray opened the Jan. 19, 2017, meeting of FISH with prayer.
The final reports from the various ministries in 2016 were presented.
Daryl Fry presented the 2016 financial report. A total of $43,386 was distributed to 397 individuals representing 1095 people in the families. An average of $128 was given for rent, $107 for utilities, and $62 for miscellaneous. FISH appreciates the businesses, organizations, churches, individuals and all who contributed financially to help this ministry. The financial committee meets in the First Christian Church.
The food pantry aided 3,899 families representing 13,972 individuals. Coordinator Tami Mussche thanked the First United Methodist Church for housing the pantry. She also thanked the approximate 50 volunteers who fill orders, stock shelves, pick up bread and meat, receive commodities and process client information. She also thanked all the churches, businesses, organizations, and individuals who donated to the pantry and who cared and shared with the less fortunate in Montgomery County.
Debbie Threlkeld presented the Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Program information. Lessons were provided to 1,461 clients. The lessons included understanding my plate, the importance of fruits and vegetables, the grain group, food safety, the importance of calcium, sugar content in drinks and food, label reading and stretching the food dollar.
Betty Pollitt presented the clothing report. The closet is located in the basement of the Presbyterian Church. It has been moved to the furnace room while an elevator is being installed, but will move back to the old room which now has more space sometime this year. A blue container is available in the alley behind the church for donations. Three hundred eighty-four clients representing 1285 family members received 6,808 items of clothing. She thanked her 25 volunteers and the community for the support.
Barbara VanArsdel, linen closet coordinator, helped 112 families made up of 320 individuals. Items distributed were 142 sheet sets, 88 blankets, 45 comforters, 135 bath towel sets and 52 pairs of drapes. Several other household items were also shared. The closet is housed in the First Baptist Church. She thanked those who shared which follows the words of Jesus when He said to take care of the poor.
Debbie Welliever reported 761 phone calls in 2016.
All Montgomery County churches are encouraged to attend the FISH meetings held in the library of the First United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. The meetings are the third Thursday of the odd numbered months: March 16, May 18, July 20, Sept. 21, and Nov. 16.