Helping Neighbors: Nutritious Meals Make For Better Grades
Good nutrition, particularly in the early years of life, is important for establishing a good foundation for a child’s future physical and mental health, academic achievement, and economic productivity. Unfortunately, food insecurity is an obstacle that threatens that critical foundation. The FISH Backpack Program assists our island youth with food insecurity and the negative affects it may produce. This year round program provides children with weekend food so they can continue to eat healthy meals when school provided meals are not available on weekends, holidays or during summer months.
The FISH Backpack Program is offered to children in Grades K-8 at the Sanibel School as well as Pre-K ages at Children’s Education Center of the Islands, Sanibel Christian School and Summit Christian School. Each week, participating students are given non-perishable, nutritious foods that are kid-friendly, easy to prepare and taste great. The program, in partnership with Blessings in a Backpack and partially sponsored by The Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Foundation and private donors, is offered at no cost to the participant. Those who have been approved for Free/Reduced Lunch through Lee County Schools are automatically eligible for the program. Students not enrolled in Free/Reduced Lunch, or students in Pre-K, must qualify by contacting FISH. Food backpacks are assembled by FISH volunteers and available for pick-up at the FISH Walk-In Center, Tues. – Fri.
For additional information or to see how you may qualify, please contact Nitza Lopez, S.W., Case Manager at the Walk-In Center, 239-472-4775.