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Jerry’s holding hunger bag donation initiative

By Staff | May 19, 2020

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Jerry’s Foods is offering customers the chance to donate to those in need when they stop in.

On May 7, the store began selling hunger bags for a $10 donation, with the bags going to benefit F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva and its clients. As of May 15, over 100 bags had been purchased.

Store Director Rick Winningham explained that it is the first time they have done this.

“We just thought it would be the right thing to do to help support our community in need,” he said. “As we’ve seen the news, we’ve seen a huge tremendous amount of spike of people in need.”

“We wanted to make sure we’re doing our part,” Winningham added.

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He explained that each bag contains about 10 nutritional grocery items, primarily fruit and vegetables with some grains. There are mandarin oranges, green beans, tuna, chicken noodle soup, apple sauce, spaghetti and such. The items are meant to supplement one’s pantry, not necessarily create a full meal.

Staff assembles the bags, and Jerry’s Foods drops them off at F.I.S.H.

“For them to distribute throughout the community of Sanibel and Captiva for folks who are in need,” Winningham said, explaining that about 125 bags had been purchased and donated as of May 15.

“The response from the customers has been phenomenal,” he added. “It’s been a really really cool experience to see the customers engaged and wanting to give back to the community.”

Staff are also enjoying the initiative.

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“The team members, the employees here at Jerry’s are having tremendous fun being able to support the community this way,” Winningham said.

There is no cut-off date for people to stop in and buy a bag to donate.

“We are so thankful to Jerry’s, staff and shoppers for providing everyday staples to those in our community who need a helping hand,” F.I.S.H. President Maggi Feiner said. “Our community never ceases to amaze me with their generosity and open hearts for others. We at F.I.S.H. could not provide wonderful and healthy foods without their help.”

Jerry’s Foods is at 1700 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.