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F.I.S.H. receives new van with help of grant, private donor

By Staff | May 8, 2018

PHOTO PROVIDED F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva President Maggi Feiner, left, and Maria Espinoza help load the van.

F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva acquired a new cargo van thanks to a grant from the Charitable Foundation of the Islands and The Sanctuary Golf Club, along with a donation from an anonymous donor.

The grant and donor funds covered the cost of the van, tags and transponder.

The van’s signage will be donated by a private donor.

According to President Maggi Feiner, the new van will be used to pick up products from the Harry Chapin Food Bank and Midwest Food Bank and donated food from sources around the island and will be used for weekly shopping trips.

“It will cut back on multiple trips by volunteers or renting of a larger truck, which is more costly,” she said. “Until the recent van purchase, all pick-ups and drop offs were completed using volunteers’ personal (and smaller) vehicles.”

PHOTO PROVIDED F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva recently acquired a new cargo van.

“The procurement of food from local sources is a critical part of feeding our neighbors as we have a hard time keeping pace with the always increasing number of clients coming through our doors,” Feiner added. “This long-awaited addition will help us keep our pantry stocked. And, when not in use for the Food Pantry Program, we will use the van for our Equipment Loan Program, our Holiday Food Program and more. It will prove to be an incredibly valuable resource for everything we do.”

In addition, Jamie Layne and “Big” Mike Marlow, both of Fort Myers Victory Layne Chevrolet, threw in some extras such as a wire partition and wired windows.

“They were wonderful to work with,” she said. “There is really no way to truly thank everyone that made this dream become a reality. We are extremely grateful and thrilled to have this addition to our agency.”

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

PHOTO PROVIDED F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva recently acquired a new cargo van.