Helping Neighbors: Farmer’s Market Will Be Missed at the F.I.S.H. Food Pantry
The Sanibel Farmer’s Market and its delicious fruits, vegetables, breads and cheeses were greatly appreciated at the FISH Food Pantry again this season! F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP and The Sanibel Farmer’s Market join forces annually to provide fresh products to neighbors who use the Food Pantry. Betsy Ventura and Jean Baer, owners of Local Roots, LLC which operates eight Lee County Farmers’ Markets, organize the market throughout season and suggest vendors pack boxes of unsold fruits, vegetables and goodies for the FISH food pantry. At the end of every market Sunday, FISH volunteers pick-up, sort and stock donated items at the Food Pantry, located at 2430 Periwinkle Way. Participating vendors that donate to FISH include European Bakery, operated by the Foerschner Family; Straight From NY York Bagels, operated by the Sexton Family and Gallego’s Farm, operated by the Gallego Family.
“FISH and our neighbors greatly appreciate the generosity of the Farmer’s Market. We cannot thank Betsy, Jean and the generous vendors enough for helping supply healthy choices for those that use our Pantry. The continued support of the Farmer’s Market and their eagerness to help is an integral part of our program’s success,” said Maggi Feiner, FISH President & CEO. “The volunteer teams, some of which include island youth earning community service hours, who pick up from the market and organize our food pantry on Sunday afternoons deserve our heartfelt thanks as well. We could not provide these wonderful healthy foods to our community without their help.”
While the Farmer’s Market, island businesses, residents and visitors make donations to help keep the food pantry stocked, the slower summer months deplete its shelves. This time of year in particular, the Food Pantry needs your help and accepts donations of food, including perishables, personal products, and other items, Mon. through Fri. from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. During non-business hours, individuals may leave unopened, unexpired non-perishable food and other items in the drop-off bin located outside the Walk-In Center entrance. FISH is always in need of:
Canned Products: Tuna, Vegetables, and Soup; Fruits and Fruit Juices; Pork & Beans; Stews & Other Meats
Packaged Foods: Pasta, Lentils, Pinto and other beans; Macaroni & Cheese & Packaged Dinners; Instant Soups; Hot and Cold Cereals; Peanut Butter & other Nut Butters; Nutritional Bars: protein, granola, energy or breakfast bars
The FISH Food Pantry is a vital service for many households. Once qualified by FISH social workers, households are given a food pantry card to shop for items to supplement their grocery needs. The Food Pantry is open Mon. through Fri. from 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. For additional information on FISH programs and services, please visit fishofsancap.org or contact the Walk-In Center at 239-472-4775.