FISH of Greater New Haven
PO Box 8552
New Haven CT 06531
Contact Information
Address PO Box 8552
New Haven, CT 06531-
Telephone (203) 503-0107 x
Fax 203-503-0107
Web and Social Media
Groceries for FISH families
The primary mission of FISH of Greater New Haven, Inc., is to deliver free groceries to those that are home-bound in the New Haven area.  The households include families with children, elderly, sick, disabled, veterans, unemployed and underemployed individuals. Our clients are often unable to travel walk-in or mobile pantries and cannot afford an adequate supply of food.   FISH is the only agency in the area to deliver free food to its (unfortunately) growing clientele. FISH of Greater New Haven remains a social service organization that is non-profit and non-denominational.  FISH is an organization sustained by volunteers.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1970
Organization's type of tax exempt status Exempt-Other
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Joy A. Johannes
Board Chair Patrick Pearson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Higher One
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $369,000.00
Projected Expenses $369,000.00
The primary mission of FISH of Greater New Haven, Inc., is to deliver free groceries to those that are home-bound in the New Haven area.  The households include families with children, elderly, sick, disabled, veterans, unemployed and underemployed individuals. Our clients are often unable to travel walk-in or mobile pantries and cannot afford an adequate supply of food.   FISH is the only agency in the area to deliver free food to its (unfortunately) growing clientele. FISH of Greater New Haven remains a social service organization that is non-profit and non-denominational.  FISH is an organization sustained by volunteers.
FISH has been a fixture in the New Haven community for more than 44 years. Beginning as a social service organization for City residents in need of a helping hand, FISH volunteers prepared and delivered meals, babysat and drove those in need to medical appointments. Today, we focus on delivering bags of groceries to those requiring food assistance and are home bound.
FISH Accomplishments:
  1. In 2014, we were able to deliver food to over 1600 individuals each month with a total of over 19,200 individuals for the entire year for only $17.08 per person.   
  2. We are able to work directly with the Kennedy Center, Easter Seals, and Chapel Haven to have handicapped individuals pack and deliver the food to FISH families.
  3. In-kind contributions of free food from the Federal government schools and businesses are growing each year. This helps to alleviate the need to purchase food. One school in particular donated an entire bus full of food.
  4. Implementation of Square, giving on the spot, has helped at fundraising events, and we continue to expand our online presence.
  5. We are currently utilizing volunteers who are looking for work in the hopes of securing funding to create permanent positions for them. Once they are trained, they will begin to mentor other volunteers and train them in the same. Through this capacity building process, our volunteers will be thoroughly trained and vested in their jobs and our organization.
1) Secure funding to pay for office help
2) Secure a van or truck for deliveries
3) Streamline our systems to enable the most effective use of our time and resources in order to reach more families
4) Increase and diversify our funding streams
5) Network more with other agencies in order to not duplicate services 
1) Paid staff support for the office and intake process and program management
2) A van and/or a box truck to deliver and pick up food donations
3) Volunteer support including answering the phones, drivers, packers, food pantry work, social media expert, grant writer, grant researcher
4) A marketing expert
5) Carpeting for the hallways and parts of the food pantry is needed for safety reasons. The floors can get slick when wet.
6) We need a new space to move to that would accommodate one large room for the food and 3-4 smaller office spaces.
CEO Statement
It is my pleasure to serve this wonderful organization. I am new to the New Haven area but not to humanitarian aid and food insecurity. Having been in Connecticut a short time, I have seen a huge need in New Haven, that is and has been met by the FISH organization and volunteers. For over 45+ years FISH has been working in the neighborhoods throughout the New Haven area. A foundational structure for our organization has been collaboration. We would not have been able to sustain the work we have done without the many grocery stores, churches, businesses, individuals, volunteers, and agencies that have helped over the past half a decade. I find that the New Haven food pantries, soup kitchens, CT Food bank work together to address the food needs in our community. That is rare. In many cities throughout the US, that is not the case. It is refreshing that organizations want to work together to streamline systems so there isn't overlap. One example is the Thanksgiving meals on Thanksgiving Day that are delivered to homes. One agency buys there turkeys, one agency cooks the meals, another agency coordinates the drivers, and consolidates the list of recipients. It is truly a community work. FISH is still the ONLY sole provider of free groceries that are delivered directly to individuals homes that are homebound. That makes us very unique and also allows for us to focus on this one area and do it well. 
Once again, it is my pleasure to serve such a long standing institute in our city.
Joy A. Johannes 
Board Chair Statement

It has been an exciting organization to serve as the Board Chair. In the past year we have had a change of leadership, and 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. Serving during this transition has been challenging at times but well worth it. While FISH continues to be the ONLY social service agency delivering groceries to the homebound, we still only have one staff member. Our challenges include increasing revenue in order to build capacity, in addition to continuing to reach those in need. In the past 6 months 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 2015 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.

Another large challenge is in reaching all the families that call in to our hotline for food. It is difficult to turn people away, knowing that if we had the funding we could feed them. If we were able to have more food drives, and / or increased our funding streams we could meet more needs. We constantly strive to reach more families year after year.


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.

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition / Food Banks, Food Pantries
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Senior Centers/Services
Tertiary Organization Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition /
Areas Served
New Haven
East Haven
FISH delivers only to the New Haven area, including the Hill, Dixwell, Fair Haven, West Hills, Edgewood/Westville, East Rock neighborhoods, as well as parts of East Haven and Hamden. Other areas in New Haven's vicinity are still underserved.
FISH is the ONLY social service agency in New Haven that delivers free groceries to those who are homebound and do not have access to transportation. FISH is manned mainly by volunteers and one paid staff member.
FISH has a food hotline in which clients call in to request a food delivery. They are asked a variety of questions to assess their current food needs and to see if they qualify for our food services. Once accepted the client is given their delivery day and time each month. The delivery routes are based on addresses and location within the city. They are required to sign a form stating they have some type of hardship which causes them to be homebound or without access to transportation. They are asked about the number ages of the individuals living in their home and if they have any handicaps.
Many of our clients are elderly, widowed, disabled, families with young children, new Mothers, people who have had surgery, cancer or are sick, veterans, and those who are in between jobs
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Program Comments
CEO Comments
The biggest challenge is to meet he ever increasing demand for our services.  We have seen an increase in the number of new families and individuals seeking food assistance from FISH.  We however are limited by the food we have on hand and how much we are able to spend purchasing food to deliver.  Our current volunteer drivers are utilized to the fullest each making as many deliveries as possible with the amount of room available in their vehicles.  Most times we have to turn people away because of lack of office help, drivers, or funding.  are received. With our current budget of $328,000 per year we are able to provide groceries to 29,200 people a year which breaks down to $17.08 per person per year. It only takes $17.08 to feed one person for an entire year through FISH yet we still have another 200 people we are turning away each month.
CEO/Executive Director
Mrs. Joy A. Johannes
Term Start Sept 2014
Joy Johannes has worked in the non-profit community for over 20 years. She has been the Founder & Director of King's Club, a children's program in the low-income neighborhoods which served over 3,000 families in the Champaign IL communities. She worked for Adeso, a non-profit organization based in Nairobi, Kenya. She helped establish a Washington DC office for them and helped advise the US State Department on the famine relief efforts in Somalia. She established a feeding program for 800 children in Lagos, Nigeria and has a masters degree in City Planning with a focus on community development. She is a creative passionate woman, who thinks outside the box and challenges others to reach out to those in need in their own communities. Although she is new to Connecticut, she is not new to the meeting the needs of the less fortunate around the world. An established grant writer and grant manager, she has been able to secure large amounts of funding as well as building space, vehicles and other tangible items for various organizations.
Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 120
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Secretary
Title Treasurer
Title Secretary
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Quarterly
We have productive collaborations with Connecticut Food Bank, Interfaith Volunteers, New Haven Needle Exchange Program, Stop & Shop (Whalley Avenue),  Elm City Food Market, Boy Scouts, ACES, area Churches, schools, businesses and other human service groups. Kennedy Center, ACORD, Ben Haven, Chapel Haven, Vantage, DRN & Passages School.
United Way of Greater New Haven2005
Proclamation FISH DayOffice of the Mayor of New Haven John C. Daniels1993
Wonder-Ful Woman AwardStart Bank2012
CEO Comments While we have been successful in serving our existing clientele, it is impossible to satisfy this growth without added funding even at a bare minimum.  Currently, any household requiring emergency food is limited to only one FISH food delivery per month, which we believe is inadequate.  Additional funding remains a pressing concern. It is extremely difficult for one person to oversee 120 volunteers in order to serve the needy families who need groceries.
Board Chair
Patrick Pearson
Company Affiliation Higher One
Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2016
Board of Directors
Jilan Crowley Licensed Real Estate Broker
Mark Fagan Weichert Realtors
John Gallagher Resources Global Professionals
Glenn Pearson Amity Auto Repair
Susan Redente Thompason & Peck Insurance
Mike Rose Connecticut State Check Cashing
Robert Sigler Retired Mechanical Engineer
Jaryn Travers Sikorsky Aircraft
Steve Werlin Columbus House
Dominic Woolfrey Higher One
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 3
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Board Co-Chair
Steve Werlin
Company Affiliation Columbus House
Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2016
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO Comments
Five new board members were added for Jan 2015-Dec 2017 term. It is exciting to have some new fresh ideas and passionate board members who want to be involved and help bring exposure and funds to the organization. Again, it is an exciting time for FISH.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2015
Projected Revenue $369,000.00
Projected Expenses $369,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$152,931$80,462$104,793
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses--$1$49
Membership Dues------
Special Events$955$8,133$7,632
Revenue In-Kind------
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$229,802$175,847$189,314
Administration Expense$74,423$73,803$70,601
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.041.010.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses76%70%73%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$39,567$26,937$23,339
Current Assets$39,567--$23,339
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$2,606$1,124$1,033
Total Net Assets$36,961$25,813$22,306
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --TEFAP - Emergency Food Assistance $75,873 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $37,867 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Holy Infant Church $22,357 --
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities15.180.0022.59
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
CEO Comments For the past several years we have been using Quicken Books which has helped us in reporting and streamlining our financial data.
Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

Address PO Box 8552
New Haven, CT 06531
Primary Phone 203 503-0107
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Joy A. Johannes
Board Chair Patrick Pearson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Higher One


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