San-Cap Kiwanians talk about F.I.S.H.
You know how some men introduce their wives as their “better half?” Nothing could be more appropriate than when Don Feiner brings his wife to our breakfast meetings.
At first, we thought he brought her because no one else would listen to his stories. As it turned out, however, Maggie Feiner of F.I.S.H. was our guest speaker.
Everyone knows that F.I.S.H is a good organization which helps families in need in our community. They are one of three island organizations – including Friends Who Care and the Bailey’s Good Neighbor Fund – who are supported by members of the community to help others in need. They operate within a $200,000 budget, and Kiwanis is proud to be one of their top donors.
F.I.S.H operates four main programs. First of all, they have served a daily hot meal program for the last 28 years on the island. Secondly, they started a food pantry in April of 2008. During the first year, they served 49 families a total of 16,750 pounds of food. This year already, they have served 53 families 12,000 pounds of food. Those on the Atkins Diet need not apply.
Thirdly, they sponsor 15 children in a summer education program. And last but not least, Maggie is the director of the Helping Hands program where F.I.S.H. assists with paying rent, utility and medical bills. When this program started, they had 10 requests the first year. This year, F.I.S.H is getting 10 requests per month, and they have already helped 57 families since January.
The good news is all families on Sanibel being helped by F.I.S.H have homes and the adults are fully employed. They have helped some families avoid eviction by paying their delinquent bills. F.I.S.H. has even provided electric scooters to some disabled members of our community.
So in these times of need, please remember there are families on Sanibel who are fighting for survival and need your help.
After Maggie’s excellent presentation, I looked over to see Don’s proud smile… but he was getting seconds on scrambled eggs and bacon before the bell rang!
Kiwanis is in need of some good people who would like to offer their services to help the community and enjoy camaraderie every Tuesday morning. If you meet all of these criteria, please come to The Dunes next Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast. See you there!