It has been an exciting organization to serve as the Board Chair. In the past year we are taking the organization to the next level. We have new board members, and have hired a highly qualified Executive Director to move the organization to that next level. While FISH continues to be the ONLY social service agency delivering groceries to the homebound, we still only have limited staff. Our challenges include increasing revenue in order to build capacity, in addition to continuing to reach those in need. In the past year, there has been substantial changes to our intake process, assessments of clients, and streamlining our systems to be more efficient. In addition our fundraising plan for 2016 and upcoming rebranding and marketing strategies are moving us towards our vision for the organization in the next few years. We have recently received our first grant towards hiring a part-time staff member to help out in our administrative offices.
Our greatest challenge is the continuous need to obtain enough food to fill our bags. In order to satisfy all requests for food, we are forced to supplement directly donated food with food acquired from the Connecticut Food Bank or purchased from grocery stores. As the demand for our services continues to increase, we expect the need for funds to be an ongoing challenge. We have never turned our clients away empty handed, and hopefully, we never will.
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