If you go
What: Broomfield FISH Ribbon Cutting and Open House
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 10
Where: 6 Garden Center
Cost: Free, but donations welcome
More info: Sill-TerHar will also host a Continental test drive fundraiser
Broomfield FISH volunteers were working hard Thursday and Friday to move the nonprofit food bank and assistance organization into a new facility. After years of being scattered in various locations, all services and offices now will be under one roof at 6 Garden Center.
Volunteers and donors also gathered Wednesday evening for a glimpse of what FISH’s new self-shop model will mean to local families.
One story shared Wednesday night at a fundraiser was about a little girl who was so delighted with a beautiful cake her family got from FISH, she made her brother carry all the other groceries to their car while she guarded the cake.
“What a simple act for a child to be able to choose food in a grocery store (and one) that we take for granted,” Kurt Sava, chair of the FISH Board of Trustees, said.
Broomfield families who used to be handed food during their monthly trips to Broomfield FISH now will shop with dignity.
No appointment will be needed to walk into the nonprofit’s new marketplace for families who have fallen on hard times. They can pick out fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and milk. With more space to house food, both in storage and in a room clients can visit, those trips now can take place twice a month.
“We have a lot of clients that go hungry between visits,” Sava said. “Now we can serve them twice a month, so in terms of more fresh food, less waste, and more choice, this is a huge step.”
More than 100 people gathered at a Wednesday evening fundraising event and informal tour of the new facility that is just steps away the old headquarters at 26 Garden Center.
Staff and volunteers moved equipment and food over the past few weeks, including a the big push Thursday and Friday.