Helping Neighbors: F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP A Time of Plenty
For most Americans, Thanksgiving is a time of plenty. But for those who worry about putting food on the table, the holiday can be stressful. The annual holiday food basket program by F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP hopes to alleviate hunger and stress, and to help to make the Thanksgiving holiday a bit more joyous for our neighbors.
The ailing economy and job cuts are the reasons Jennifer’s family was among those receiving a basket this year. "My hours have been cut since May and my husband Bill’s job as a pool technician isn't going so well either, so we need a little bit of help this year," Jennifer said. "Hopefully as season picks up I will get more hours, and Bill will too. It’s humbling to admit we need some help, but with soaring grocery prices, three kids and high rents that keep increasing, we just do." Jennifer and Bill are one of many island households who will cook a Thanksgiving meal this holiday thanks to FISH. While shelters and churches around the county serve hot meals, the donated Thanksgiving groceries allow families to celebrate in their own homes. Chuck Bergstrom, FISH supporter and advocate, donated to FISH to support the holiday food basket program, which includes Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter holidays.
“The meal baskets help during an otherwise difficult time, said Christine Swiersz, L.C.S.W. at FISH. "We can’t thank Chuck and others who donated toward this program enough. The families we work with really just want to have that normalcy, they want to have their family and loved ones close during the holidays," Swiersz said. "For our older population, those that no longer have family or loved ones close by, we provide a restaurant gift certificate for a holiday meal. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are able to make the holidays brighter for our island families.”
Volunteers will assemble baskets of canned food, stuffing, rolls and cookies in the next few weeks, adding pies – tirelessly baked and generously donated by The Episcopal Church Woman -- and other perishables right before baskets are picked up by families.