F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP Food Pantry Is Going Green!
As of October 1st, FISH will no longer be providing plastic grocery bags for their Food Pantry Program. Thanks to the generosity of Bailey’s General Store, FISH is distributing 150 reusable grocery bags to clients to bring with them for their shopping needs.
“As an organization on a sanctuary island, we feel it’s important to find ways, even when seemingly small, to do our part in combating waste and cutting down on single-use plastics,” says Alicia Tighe, Executive Director for FISH. “We’re hoping by making a small step, it will also raise awareness and encourage clients to be mindful of the waste they’re producing in their homes and live a little ‘greener’,”
In 2018, Food Pantry visits totaled 7,845 from 874 households, and resulted in 206,278 pounds of food distributed. FISH works through donations and with the assistance of a robust volunteer team to combat food insecurity on Sanibel and Captiva, as well as Lee County. For Food Pantry clients – anyone residing in Lee County -- realizing they cannot provide one of the most basic survival needs can be a humbling experience. However, FISH recognizes that often if a client is in need of food it is often symptomatic of larger issues in the household. As a wrap-around service provider, when individuals or families come to FISH for the first time to use the Food Pantry, they speak with a staff member to determine their specific needs and to learn about other FISH programs that can put them on a pathway to self-sustainability.
Depending a client’s circumstance, they may visit the Food Pantry weekly (with a residential or work connection to Sanibel-Captiva) or once monthly (with no connection to the islands). The FISH Food Pantry is a choice pantry, open Monday-Friday from 10am – 3:45pm, and is one of their most vital services. The hours of operation allow participants greater access to the Pantry by accommodating non-traditional schedules. Should earlier morning or later afternoon times be required, clients may work with our staff to arrange for a specific shopping time.
To learn more about the FISH OF SANCAP Food Pantry Program, please contact Maria Espinoza at FISH, 239-472-4775.