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F.I.S.H. to offer Senior Boxes to combat isolation

By Staff | Jul 7, 2020

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Senior Boxes, a new offering through F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva, will be distributed during August. F.I.S.H. works throughout the year to combat the growing issue of isolation among seniors and has taken a harder look at it during the current health crisis.

“Summer can always be a lonely time for island seniors when friends and neighbors go back north,” Food Program Director Maria Espinoza said. “The issue seems compounded now that we’re living in a socially distance world, so we wanted to find a way to still connect with our neighbors and give them something to look forward to without risking their health.”

The inspiration came from the current subscription box trend, where participants receive boxes of products and goodies regularly by mail. F.I.S.H. plans to start by distributing 20 boxes to seniors who are currently using other F.I.S.H. services. They may include items like activity books (crosswords, word searches), cards, puzzles, soaps, DIY gardening kits, candles, crochet-knitting kit, comfy socks, handheld back massager, stationery sets with stamps, and even a healthy – but sweet – treat.

“Our senior island neighbors mean a lot to us and we want them to know we’re here for them,” Espinoza said.

To donate to the boxes, contact Espinoza at the Walk-In Center at 239-472-4775. For more information or assistance, contact Executive Director Alicia Tighe at 239-472-4775 or alicia@fishofsancap.org.

F.I.S.H. is also seeking volunteers to assemble and deliver the boxes.

The Walk-In Center and Food Pantry hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.