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F.I.S.H. collecting donations of school supplies

By Staff | Jul 7, 2020

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While many parents and teachers are unsure of what the Lee County School District reopening plan looks like, F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva will continue its Back-to-School Supplies Program for the 2020-2021 school year.

Last year, F.I.S.H. distributed supplies to over 115 school-aged children, along with the over 70 received underwear and socks as part of the program. This year, it expects more than 120 requests.

“In a ‘normal’ year, it is difficult for our clients to budget for school supplies,” Food Programs Director Maria Espinoza said. “With the COVID-19 crisis, there is an unprecedented financial strain on families who have had hours drastically cut or have been laid off all together.”

F.I.S.H. is monitoring the discussion surrounding school reopening plans in Lee, but it wants to be prepared for students to have what they need regardless of what the upcoming school year looks like.

“For those returning to on-campus classrooms, we suspect that communal school supplies won’t be available in most schools, which means parents will likely have to provide those extra items for their student,” Espinoza said. “In addition, there will be needs for those returning on a virtual basis as well. We just want to be prepared to provide as much as possible for students.”

F.I.S.H. is asking the community for help to ensure students and teachers have the supplies they need. Now through Aug. 3, supplies or financial donations may be dropped off or mailed to the Walk-In Center, at 2430-B Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. With the community’s support, F.I.S.H. can help defray the expense of back-to-school supplies. For a complete list of school supplies by grade for Lee County, visit www.leeschools.net/parent_portal/back_to_school/supply_lists.

For more information, contact Espinoza or Anthony Morales at 239-472-4775.

For more about F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva, visit www.fishofsancap.org.