Friday fish fries to make a splash: your 2020 local fish fry guide


Taylor Kodric

GSS members volunteer at the Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department during a Friday fish fry.

Hannah Wyman, News Editor

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man where to find all his local fish fries and you feed him for a lifetime. February 26, often referred to as Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of Lent, a 40-day Christian holiday that leads up to Easter. Often, fish is eaten on Fridays during Lent as meat and other animal products are traditionally forbidden during fastingToday, a variety of different fish fries are hosted by nearby restaurantsfire departments, or churches as fundraisers for the holidayFull of fish sandwiches, shrimp baskets, coleslaw, mac and cheese, and the occasional option of pierogissoutheast Pennsylvania is jam-packed with local fish fries for the tasting.  

Service sorority Gamma Sigma Sigma volunteers annually to help cook food, wrap sandwiches and assemble orders at the Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department every Friday during fish fry season. According to senior Taylor Kodric, 22, the sorority began volunteering at the fire department because the fire chief was the father of GSS’s former service vice president   


Taylor Kodric
Taylor Kodric (right) and fellow GSS members take a break from preparing food to pose for a picture.


They are a smaller fire department and appreciate all of the help they get from the university,” said Kodric. As the former president of our chapter, I wanted to keep the tradition going. 

Sophomore GSS member Kaitlyn Collins, 20, said that she loved going to fish fry events and tried to go as often as possible last year. Specifically, she found the people to be extremely friendly and helpful. 

“It’s a fun way to give back to a local community,” Collins said. They’re also very generous because they would always send us home with lots of free fish, mac and cheese, anything we wanted really.” 

Kodric also said that the people are one of the best parts of the Friday fish fry. 

My favorite parts about working the fish fry are getting to know the community members, utilizing my food service backgroundhaving worked at McDonald’s for over 5 years, and bonding with my GSS sisters,” Kodric said. 

Support your community by checking out some of these local fish fries Ash Wednesday and every Friday during Lent. For more fish fry finds, visit 


California Volunteer Fire Department 

1000 Wood Street, California, PA 15419 

Serving 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 


Stockdale Fire Department 

316 Railroad Street, Stockdale, PA 15483 

Serving 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 


Washington Township Volunteer Fire Company & Fayette City Washington Township Lions Club 

1314 Axton Street, Belle Vernon, PA 15012 

Serving 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 


Centerville American Legion Post 705 

1101 Old National Pike, Fredericktown, PA 15333 

Serving 5-8 p.m.