Residents’ Meng Committed To Helping Others by way of F.I.S.H.
Jack and Inky Meng are committed to helping others. Early in their 50-year marriage, they adopted the mantra ‘we get a living by what we get, but a life by what we give.’
Several years ago, they heard about FISH at their local church, Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ. “After exploring it further, we learned that FISH is very efficient with $.94 of every $1.00 going to programs. All their funding assists those who live, work or visit Sanibel and Captiva Islands, and there is no state or national organization to support,” states Jack. “FISH is more than just a food pantry. There are more than 40 different programs to meet the multiple and complex needs of over 2,100 neighbors on our island.”
“Both myself and Jack volunteer our time,” notes Inky. “Jack is a driver and feels that he is helpful when he drives men and women who need their medical treatments done off island. I like working in the Walk-In Center, where I assist those participating in the food pantry program. Often, the recipients tell how they work here on the island yet have difficulties during off-season making ends meet. They are thankful for the temporary assistance from FISH.” Inky also says she likes making ‘Reassurance Phone Calls’ to people living alone to check on how they are doing and add cheerful conversation to their day. The BackPack program is also very important to Inky. With this program, children receive a backpack of food on Friday afternoon so they have something they can prepare easily, over the weekend, while a parent is working.
Jack and Inky Meng encourage everyone to consider FISH with a time or treasure commitment. Both believe they get back more than they give to this worthwhile organization. As it says in the FISH logo, this is a way to be a "Neighbor Helping Neighbors" that live, work or visit Sanibel & Captiva Islands.