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F.I.S.H. building getting a facelift

By Staff | Apr 20, 2020

F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva is undergoing a two-phase remodel of its facility on Sanibel.

The remodel, funded through designated private donations, was slated to begin last year but the timeline interfered with the busy holiday season. With limited access to the building during the health crisis, renovations are now moving along.

The first phase, now complete, included a reconfiguration and enlargement of the food pantry within the current footprint to allow more efficient use of space for clients, volunteers, and staff.

Phase two of the construction, also within the existing footprint, will focus on the administrative space to process client needs, as well as the food storage and food backpack staging areas. Changes to this part of the Walk-In Center will accommodate the newly expanded food pantry, as well as provide more space for staff as the agency continues to grow.

“Our goal with the remodel is to use the space we have in a way the best suits our growing needs,” President Maggi Feiner said. “This next phase will require us to close the building two days per week, for the next three to four weeks in order to accommodate construction.”

“Beginning April 23 and April 24 we will be closed, however we will reopen with special hours Saturday and Sunday, the 25th and 26th, so that we’re still offering food for those in need five days a week,” she added. “Hours will remain the same, from 10 0.a.m. until 4 p.m.”

For the next month, F.I.S.H. recommends that community members and clients call ahead to verify hours or schedule shifts due to the construction. It is actively reaching out by phone, email and fliers in food packages to clients in advance so they can plan around the changes.

Additionally, F.I.S.H. continues to implement COVID-19 safety measures to maintain a safe environment, including an increase in commercial cleaning staff, disinfecting, multiple hand washing stations, gloves, and masks provided to all staff or volunteers in the building.

For more information, contact Executive Director Alicia Tighe at 239-472-0404 or alicia@fishofsancap.org. F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva is at 2430-B Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.