Helping Neighbors: Bailey’s General Store Throws F.I.S.H. A Lifeline
Bailey’s General Store, located at 2477 Periwinkle Way and Bailey’s Marketplace, located at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, 1451 Middle Gulf Drive, has begun their annual “Throw FISH a Lifeline” campaign. The campaign gives customers the option to add money, in $10 increments, to their grocery bill at checkout. “It’s as easy as 1 - 2- 3. Donating to the FISH food pantry to help our friends and neighbors has never been easier, just follow these simple steps: 1) Tear off the coupon located at the display or register; 2) Take the coupon to the register at either Bailey’s location when checking out, and 3) Sign the coupon and give to cashier when paying for your purchases. Bailey’s will do the rest, says Bailey’s owners Mead and Richard Johnson. “We understand many of our neighbors and friends have difficult times. We will put your money to work as we order in volume to distribute necessities to the FISH Food Pantry,” they continue. “FISH will to use the account credit to purchase the bulk groceries that are most needed for the food pantry at wholesale prices, helping FISH get more value for their donations.”
While the FISH food pantry receives the support of many throughout the year, some food items are in high demand and are harder to keep in stock. The partnership with Bailey’s allows FISH to directly request specific items that are most needed in the pantry at the time of ordering. “The fact that people are willing to give is very healthy for our community," say the Johnsons. "The dollars you give at the checkout really helps our island neighbors."
“Bailey’s has been a great friend and neighbor to our organization for many years, offering abundant support in so many ways,” says Maggi Feiner, FISH President & CEO. “We are very grateful to Mead and Richard for coming up with this idea, and to the entire Bailey’s store and staff for encouraging customers to donate. This is the fourth year they have facilitated the Lifeline campaign, and we extend our sincere gratitude for their help.”
L to R: Anna Benza, Mead Johnson, Debbie Ousley, Maggi Feiner, Richard Johnson and Dane Johnson as ‘Big Bag’