People are often surprised to hear the island communities are home to a food pantry. They are often more surprised to hear how often the pantry is utilized. No community is immune to food insecurity, and we at FISH work daily to ensure that no islander is deciding between feeding their family or paying rent, childcare or medical bills.
FISH offers nutritious supplemental groceries at our Walk-in Center five days a week from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., allowing you to shop according to your schedule so you can get the resources you need. In 2020, FISH distributed 246,545 pounds of food through 6,407 visitors to our food pantry, and 977 families were served equating to 205,454 meals. View the list of pantry needs and drop-off locations.
Our Meals-by-FISH program ensures all islanders, regardless of mobility constraints, have access to at least one hot meal per day, and fresh meals seven days a week. Whether you are an island senior who no longer cooks or drives or a resident who can temporarily use the assistance, our volunteers will deliver a nutritious meal to you. In 2020, volunteers delivered 6,412 meals.
Nutrition is fundamental to academic achievement. Our backpack program gives your child nutritious foods and snacks to sustain them over the weekends and school breaks. In 2020, students received 1,974 backpacks.
HOLIDAY FOOD BASKETS
Guaranteeing a holiday meal to our island neighbors in need is not only a warm way for our community to give back during the holiday seasons, but also relieves families of the stress of providing it during what can be a financially strained time. In 2020, 517 baskets with all the fixings for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals were distributed.