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F.I.S.H. Food Pantry in need of donations during summer
July 10, 2019

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F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva's Food Pantry provides supplemental food to island residents, employees and visitors in need five days a week, year-round. During the summer months, it experiences an increase in food pantry usage due, in part, to a reduction in hours for employees working on Sanibel and Captiva.

It works hard to keep the pantry shelves stocked for the nearly 500 households that use it throughout the year. However, when the need increases it becomes more difficult to keep all of the necessary products readily available for those that rely on it.

"May-September are particularly difficult for us, as many of our neighbors need additional assistance during the summer months," President Maggi Feiner said. "Work schedules are lighter and kids are home from school, which is an additional strain on a typical household budget. While we utilize various sources to maximize our food pantry budget to keep the necessities in stock, we can always use help from our community."

The food pantry is available to all Lee County residents and is a choice pantry where individuals may pick out groceries as a supplement to their usual shopping. Those that qualify can utilize it Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., and certain restrictions may apply.

F.I.S.H. is currently in need of:

- Canned products: Tuna, chicken, vegetables and soup; fruits and fruit juices; pork and beans; stews and other meats

- Packaged foods: Pasta, lentils, beans and rice; macaroni and cheese, and packaged dinners; hot and cold cereals; nut butters; and granola, energy or breakfast bars

F.I.S.H. also keeps personal hygiene and pet products stocked, particularly because most of the items are not covered by SNAP benefits. Items it is in need of include:

- Shampoo, conditioner, soap, bath and shower gels

- Toothpaste and toothbrushes

- Paper towels, toilet paper, tissues

Food donations, including perishables, are accepted at the F.I.S.H. Walk-in Center, at 2430-B Periwinkle Way, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On weekends, individuals may leave non-perishable food and personal products in the drop-off bin located outside the center entrance.

Additional drop-off sites include:

- Bailey's General Store (available during store hours)

- Bank of the Islands (available during bank hours)

- Sanibel Fire Station 171, at 2351 Palm Ridge Road (ring bell for dropoffs after 4:30 p.m.)

- South Seas Main Gate (available 24/7)

For more information, visit fishofsancap.org or call 239-472-4775.

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