FISH gears up for food giveaway

FISH, Friends In Sonoma Helping, is handing out its annual Christmas boxes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Hanna Boys Center, and this year, officials are looking to give away more than 300 food-filled boxes.

Last year, FISH gave out 470 Christmas boxes, but a new adopt-a-family program is the reason the numbers of people who signed up in advance to receive a box are lower than last year’s.

“We’ll be prepared,” said Sandy Piotter, FISH’s executive director. “We won’t be turning anyone away.”

She said people who didn’t sign up in advance can come by Hanna Boys Center after 3 p.m. for a box of food that includes fresh produce, eggs and a gift card for a meat dish. FISH used to give out frozen turkeys, but the storage and lifting of all those turkeys led to the idea of a gift card for meat.

Piotter said the event this year is a collaborative project involving FISH, Catholic Charities and the Redwood Empire Food Bank.

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