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Bank of the Islands collecting donations for F.I.S.H.

By Staff | Jul 24, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Bank of the Islands is collecting donations for F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva's food pantry. Shown are Willy Ocasio and Darrin Grotrian, with the bank.

Summer is the season to remember that island neighbors in need can use the community’s help now more than ever. According to the Bank of the Islands, during the islands’ low season:

– Work hours are often cut, so households have less income.

– Eighty-five percent of F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva volunteers have left for the summer.

– F.I.S.H. food pantry donations decrease, severely challenging its ability to help those needing grocery assistance.

“You can help fill empty shelves and hungry tummies this summer,” bank Vice President and Sanibel-Captiva Office Manager Willy Ocasio, who serves on the F.I.S.H. board of directors, said. “Please drop off non-perishable food items to Bank of the Islands’ Sanibel and Captiva offices as often as you can.”

The community is encouraged to join Bank of the Islands in helping F.I.S.H., a United Way Partner Agency, fulfill its mission to lend a helping hand to those who live, work and visit the islands.

“Our F.I.S.H. food pantry is one of the most used and most important programs we run. Food insecurity, especially in the off-season, is a growing issue for our island neighbors and employees,” F.I.S.H. Executive Director Alicia Tighe said. “In addition to private donations and grant funding that allow us to provide assistance, our generous local business community partnerships, including Bank of the Islands, ensure that families are receiving substantial and nutritious food to supplement their own grocery shopping.”

The bank’s Sanibel branch is at 1699 Periwinkle Way.

Its Captiva branch is at 14812 Captiva Drive.