Helping Neighbors: Meals-by-F.I.S.H. Make My Life Easier
The Meals-by-F.I.S.H. program incorporates delivery of one hot, nutritious meal per day, up to 5 days/week, including extras for the weekend. Working in partnership with Bailey’s General Store, Chefs JT and Karl work tirelessly preparing the Meals-by-F.I.S.H. menu, while their staff sorts, bags, labels each client's meal on a daily basis. Each meal consists of a protein, starch, vegetable and dessert and can be modified to accommodate those with diabetes or other health conditions.
This service is provided to anyone on Sanibel and Captiva who requests meals. Many are older individuals who no longer cook; some are younger singles recovering from an illness or injury. Individuals may receive meals for any length of time and may opt in/out of the program as needed. While many pay for the cost of the meal themselves, others cannot afford to do so. On a case-by-case basis, FISH may subsidize a part or the entire cost of the meal, depending on the household situation. “We have had some older folks suffer from poor nutrition because they were opting to pay prescription bills rather than buy food,” says Maggi Feiner, FISH President & CEO. “We are glad to be able to provide some financial assistance for instances such as these, made available to us partially through a grant from CAMEO. We are all working together and doing our part to end senior hunger,” says Feiner.
"I want you to know what your program mean to me,” begins Jane, a participant in the Meals-by-F.I.S.H. program five days a week.. “I’m old, and I’m a diabetic. It’s hard enough for me to get out and about these days, much less cook a meal. I cannot do the shopping and I’m not moving around like I used to do. I am even more grateful to your group who delivers the meals, and those wonderful people who cook them. Those mashed potatoes are so good! I could eat them every day (but I shouldn’t). And I could visit with the people who bring the meals to me for hours, but I’m sure they have better things to do than gab with an old lady. I want to you know that I have never taken what you, and all your wonderful volunteers, do for granted."
Jane was referred to the Meals-by-F.I.S.H. program by a concerned neighbor. Others are referred by community partners, and others still simply call in to inquire or request meal delivery. To learn more about The Meals-by-F.I.S.H. program, please contact Lyn Kern, Office & Volunteer Manager or Joi Dupler, Agency Assistant at FISH 239-472-4775.