Helping Neighbors: Sanibel Island Farmer’s Market Helps Neighbors
The Sanibel Island Farmer’s Market return on Sunday, October 7 and the community along with FISH OF SANCAP couldn’t be happier!
F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP is overjoyed to once again partner with the market. Betsy Ventura and Jean Baer, co-managers of the Sanibel Island Farmer’s Market, organize the weekly market event throughout its season. At the suggestion of Betsy and Jean, vendors pack boxes of unsold fruits, vegetables and other food offerings for the FISH Food Pantry at the end of every market Sunday. FISH volunteers pick up, sort and unload these donations on Sunday afternoon at the FISH Food Pantry, located at 2430 Periwinkle Way, directly behind Bleu Rendez-Vous French Bistro. Food Pantry participants are thrilled to receive delicious fruits, vegetables, breads, cheeses and other items from Market vendors. Says Ventura, “We are looking forward to assisting in loading up the FISH Pantry. These have been tough days for our community, and we are here to work together with FISH. Anything we can do to help, please reach out. Issac and the entire Gallego family will be joining us again this season and we’re all excited to help out.”
“FISH and our clients greatly appreciate the generosity of the [Sanibel Island] Farmer’s Market. We cannot thank Betsy and Jean enough for encouraging the vendors to supply healthy choices for our clients. Their continued support and eagerness to find fresh ways to support FISH is an integral part of the success of our Food Pantry,” said Maggi Feiner, FISH President & CEO. “If you don’t have access to or cannot afford healthy food, you can develop health issues,” she said. “This partnership gives people the dignity and choice of what they enjoy eating while focusing on food that can really nurture the body and brain and help people struggling with food to eat healthier. “
“It’s been particularly tough this summer for our Food Pantry, as we have seen so many new households apply due to the red tide crisis. We’ve had a really hard time keeping our shelves stocked. The addition of fresh products and other donations from the Farmer’s Market will really help out,” states Maria Espinoza, Walk-In Center Manager. “Kudos to our volunteer teams, many of which include island youth earning community service hours, who pick up from the market and organize our food pantry on Sunday afternoons. We could not provide these wonderful healthy foods to our community without their help!”
The FISH Food Pantry is open Mon. – Fri. from 10 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. Those wishing to use the food pantry must reside in Lee County and complete an intake form annually. For additional information on FISH and its programs and services, please visit their website, fishofsancap.org, or contact their Walk-In Center at 239-472-4775.