Helping Neighbors: F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP Provides Thanksgiving Baskets
For most, Thanksgiving is a time of plenty. But for those with food insecurity who worry about having enough food for their families, the holiday can be stressful. The annual FISH Holiday Basket Program helps to make the holidays a bit more joyous for our neighbors needing a hand up.
Thanks to FISH Donors, Community Partners and Volunteers, baskets of canned food, stuffing, rolls, fresh and canned vegetables, pies and a gift card to purchase a turkey will be assembled and distributed just in time for the holiday. Recipients will be selected by the FISH Social Services Department and are generally known to FISH through participation in other programs. This year, FISH anticipates up to 100 Holiday Baskets will be distributed to our neighbors. Basket distribution will take place from 9-3 on November 21st and 22nd, and from 9-noon on November 23rd. If a family is in need of a Holiday Basket, please contact Maria Espinoza at the FISH Walk-In-Center, 239-472-4775.
"Last year it was Hurricane Irma that set us back. This year, it’s Red Tide that caused loss of work for my family and for many friends and colleagues. We still aren’t back up to ‘usual’ hours, and no one knows when things will go back to normal. I’m stressed enough these days, and now the holidays are upon us. All I want is to provide for my family and make sure my kids can celebrate the holidays without so much worry. It’s hard to admit we need help, but we do. We will definitely be giving thanks to FISH this year as we gather for our holiday dinner," says Carmen, island worker.
Carmen’s is one of many households who will cook a Thanksgiving meal this holiday thanks to FISH. While shelters and churches around our region serve hot meals, the FISH Thanksgiving Basket allows families to celebrate in their own homes. Some basket food items are donated, while others are purchased with funds designated to the program.
Fresh, delicious pies, tirelessly baked and generously donated by The Saint Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church Women, will be added to the baskets again this year. The Saint Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church Women have always supported this program by adding a loving, homemade touch toward its success. Everyone raves about the pies and cannot believe the generous amount of time and energy that goes into making their basket extra special.
For additional program information, please contact Kathy Y. Monroe, M.S.G., FISH Program Director at the FISH Walk-In-Center, 239-472-4775. If you or someone you know may benefit from this program, please contact Maria Espinoza at the FISH Walk-In-Center, 239-472-4775.