Donations to Support Smiley Salmon Harvest

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After two record-breaking years, 2022 didn’t disappoint with over 1,400 fish and a Grant’s Getaways feature story on KGW (see link below)! We provided over 6,000 cans of salmon to food banks and food programs throughout Tillamook County, and Neah-Kah-Nie High School students designed labels – the selected label for 2022 is featured above. Once again, it is time to harvest and can salmon for distribution, and the need is even greater as food insecurity continues to greatly impact our local communities. The Smiley Brothers & Sisters continue to organize volunteers to take the salmon bounty from the North Fork Nehalem Fish Hatchery for processing in Garibaldi. The harvest is alive and well with experienced leadership and volunteers to provide the North Tillamook County Food Bank, Tillamook Regional Food Bank and local senior meals programs this valuable, local nutritional support for North Coast families.
Our ODFW biologist has contacted us and predictions are for another LARGE run of coho salmon.

So, your donations are needed now more than ever.
Here’s a bit of the history: The Smiley Bros. began these coordinated partnerships in 2009 to harvest, process and distribute local Coho Salmon to the local food bank. This tremendous bounty of high quality Omega-3 proteins is needed by all but especially by our youth and aging populations. The success over the last 14 years is made possible with the support of Oregon Fish and Wildlife, the North County Food Bank, the Eugene Schmuck Foundation, and the Tillamook County Creamery Association has helped with significant donations as well as many more organizations and individuals.
To ensure your donations are tax-deductible, the Smiley Brothers Salmon Harvest is a program of Fulcrum Community Resources as the sponsoring 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. For more about Fulcrum Community Resources, go to
We are thankful for continued support, with help and donations, we have provided thousands of pounds of local salmon to our food bank. We are hopeful of your continuing support for the delivery of this valuable food source to our North Coast communities.
The community continues to step up, working closely with ODF&W, local processors, and the volunteers who transport the harvested Salmon from the North Fork Nehalem River to Garibaldi for processing, labeling and distribution. It simply cannot be done without your donations to offset costs and put these nutritious meals on the table for the hungry in our community.
Please send your donations, payable to FULCRUM RESOURCES/Smiley Bros. Salmon Harvest c/o Laura Swanson, 16900 Lucky Lane, Nehalem OR 97131
For more information, contact Laura Swanson at 503-939-5416.
*Link to Grant’s Getaways feature 12/22:
Your generosity helps “The Swimmer” keep its promise “To Feed the People.”