Helping Neighbors: There’s A New Van In Town!
F.I.S.H. has recently added a new cargo van to their organization thanks to a grant from Charitable Foundation of the Islands and The Sanctuary Golf Club, and a donation from an anonymous private donor. The grant and donor funds covered the cost of the van, tags, and transponder. Van signage will be donated by a private donor. The organization’s first ever agency vehicle was unveiled to Board, staff and volunteers and available for service on April 5, 2018.
According to Maggi Feiner, President & CEO of F.I.S.H., the new van will be used to pick up products from Harry Chapin Food Bank and Midwest Food Bank, used for weekly shopping trips, and to pick up donated food from sources around the island. “It will cut back on multiple trips by volunteers or renting of a larger truck, which is more costly. Until the recent van purchase, all pick-ups and drop offs were completed using volunteers’ personal (and smaller) vehicles,” Feiner explained.
“The procurement of food from local sources is a critical part of feeding our neighbors as we have a hard time keeping pace with the always increasing number of clients coming through our doors,” Feiner continues. “This long-awaited addition will help us keep our pantry stocked. And, when not in use for the Food Pantry Program, we will use the van for our Equipment Loan Program, our Holiday Food Program and more. It will prove to be an incredibly valuable resource for everything we do.”
In addition, Jamie Layne and “Big” Mike Marlow, both of Fort Myers Victory Layne Chevrolet, threw in some extras such as a wire partition and wired windows. “They were wonderful to work with,” states Feiner. “There is really no way to truly thank everyone that made this dream become a reality. We are extremely grateful and thrilled to have this addition to our agency.”
To learn more about the programs of F.I.S.H., please contact the F.I.S.H. Walk-in Center at 239-472-4775.