Submitted by Fish for Teeth
From 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 2, is your opportunity to enjoy a legendary Fish Taco from Fish for Teeth.
They’re actually burritos, and they’re delicious—made with flakey white rockfish sustainably harvested off the Washington coast, Pablito’s salsa, Tillamook cheese, fresh greens, and a squeeze of lime, all assembled with love from a Fish for Teeth volunteer (which is very likely a Kiwanis member, because Kiwanis helps out soooooooo much!).
An $8.00 suggested donation will land you one of these totally satisfying flavor-bombs. We’ll be set up at the San Juan Island Community Theater.
Fish for Teeth’s mission is to provide dental care to those who cannot afford it. There are no income restrictions for people receiving care—it is expensive to live on our islands, and dental care often gets pushed to the back, leaving people living with dental pain or unhealthy teeth and gums. Proper oral hygiene is essential to overall whole-body health, and it is very important for everyone to have healthy teeth. Fish for Teeth gives everyone an opportunity to make sure they’re in the best health as possible.
There is no dental van corresponding with this fundraising event, but the Medical Teams International Mobile Dental Van will come to San Juan Island four times this year, for four-days each visit. Due to Covid restrictions, the van is operating at 50% capacity, which is why it’s here for twice as long. Fish for Teeth had help from the North Sound Accountable Communities of Health (ACH) Oral Health Local Impact Network (LIN), funded by Arcora. This grant even expanded the dental van coverage to Lopez and Orcas throughout 2021. The ACH grant does not cover the entire cost, so we’ll be crankin’ out Fish Tacos to pay the bills!
Fish for Teeth receives no public funding— Fish Tacos are our only fundraiser. The rest of the funding is made up of individual contributions from caring people in our community. Even though our tooth-fixing dollar is not going as far because of Covid, we are still committed to helping people with dental pain who have no other option to get their teeth fixed. Apply at fishforteeth.com, or pick up an application at the Family Resource Center or Health Department.
If you value the efforts of Fish for Teeth and would like to lend financial support, please donate at fishforteeth.com, mail a check to PO Box 2084 Friday Harbor 98250. You can also volunteer your time in the taco-making or the dental clinic departments. The easiest way to help is by simply enjoying a delicious Fish Taco this Friday!