Hunt County Shared Ministries (FISH)
 

 

Quick Facts
About FISH:

April 2013—March 2014

1,273 volunteers donated 9,539 hrs.
Local churches, businesses, civic groups and individuals donated $1,058,514 in food
Served 49,671 individuals
Distributed $1,062,590 in food
PROVIDED:
$57,291 in electric assist.
$7,968 in medical assist.
$6,910 in dental assist.
$4,210 in optical assist.
$9,892 in Rx assistance
$8,988 in rentall assistance

SERVED:
20,514 adults
5,195 senior adults
23,962 children
14,110 family units
Provided more than $1 million in food and assistance in fiscal year 2013-2014
Expanded M.A.R.K. program to 4 additional school districts
Distributed over 1,500 turkeys and 1,495 Christmas baskets during the Hunt County Gives 2013
Over 1,000 attend Fall Barbecue
In partnership with the North Texas Food Bank distributed over 174,093 pounds of fresh produce valued at $478,755

Welcome to Hunt County Shared Ministries (FISH)

FISH in bricksFISH brings hope to victims of neglect, abuse, those with serious illness, those with loss of jobs and other crisis situations. We provide food, support to assist in payment of electric, gas, water and sewer bills, rent or mortgage, assist with access to medical treatment either by payment of office visits, lab work, x-rays, prescription assistance, dental office visits and treatment, and access to obtain eye exams, glasses and other medical treatment.

Mission
To provide short-term emergency assistance to residents of Hunt County who are in crisis due to neglect, abuse, or with serious illness, loss of job and other family crisis situations. Assistance is provided in the form of housing/utility assistance, food, access to healthcare services, prescriptions, dental, optical, some educational assistance and other related areas of assistance.

FISH needs help to get enough turkeys
for Christmas Food Baskets!

Christmas Food Basket TurkeyJust like last year, Hunt County Shared Ministries (FISH) finds itself needing the community’s help to provide a turkey for each food basket this Christmas.  “We expect to distribute close to 800 food baskets across Hunt County this Christmas,” said Wally Jeffers, Executive Director of FISH. “Right now we only have about half of what we need for our distribution on the Saturday before Christmas. An average turkey costs about $15 this year, and we will accept either cash donations so we can purchase the turkeys, or we have freezer space to accept frozen turkeys at the FISH office.”

“L-3 Mission Integration is very generous in their assistance with the holiday food basket program. They give their employees a turkey at the holidays and donate the leftover ones to us. Once we know how many turkeys we will receive and how many food baskets we have to prepare, we can make plans for acquiring the rest, and that is why we are just now asking for donations to help pay for the remaining turkeys we need.”

 Anyone wishing to help provide turkeys for FISH food baskets can do so in several ways:

  1. Donate here:
    These donations will be used to purchase turkeys from Wal-Mart. They are working with FISH to acquire enough at a good price.
  2. Purchase a food gift card when you check out at either Brookshires or Super One. The cards will be used to purchase turkeys at those stores. Both are also working with FISH on quantity and price.
  3. Bring frozen turkeys or cash donations to the Hunt County Shared Ministries office at 2805 King Street. Business hours are from 9 am – noon Monday-Friday.

All turkeys and donations must be received by Thursday, December 18th.

Turkeys and Christmas food baskets are distributed to needy families in Greenville, Commerce, Caddo Mills, Wolfe City and Quinlan. Registration for this program was completed in November.

The community’s help is also needed to assemble the food baskets and anyone wanting to help is welcome in this joyous work. Assembly will take place on the loading docks of the GEUS office at 2810 Wesley Street starting at 5:30 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 16th and 17th. If necessary, a third work night will be added on Thursday, December 18th. Church groups, businesses, high school students needing community service hours—all are encouraged to attend.  Participants can come for a few hours one night or every evening and be part of helping those most in need in Hunt County. To volunteer, call Lorie Roberts @ 903-455-0545 or email: lroberts@hcsmfish.org

A Quick Overview of Hunt County Shared Ministries

Hunt County Shared Ministries was organized to help meet basic emergency needs of families residing within Hunt County. Organized in 1980 the ministry has grown from a small pantry to providing services ranging from food to prescription medicines.

Each year, FISH (more commonly known as) serves over 8,000 families in crisis which included over 28,000 individuals.

FISH is supported by a coalition of churches, individuals, local businesses, a partner agency with the United Way of Hunt County and the North Texas Food Bank.

Hunt County Shared Ministries is a 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit and all donations are tax-deductible.

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