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Monthly food drive by congregations a success

By Staff | Aug 21, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Bat Yam Temple of the Islands members Dan and Annette Pacyga and Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ members Jane and Chuck Ramseth and Freddie Schaerf are safely masked for their volunteering at the monthly food drive on Aug. 7.

The Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ and Bat Yam Temple of the Islands held their monthly “No Contact” food drive on Aug. 7. The donations will benefit those facing food insecurity and will be distributed by F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva and the Gladiolus Food Pantry in Fort Myers.

The monthly drive was started in May when the congregations wanted to find a way to reach out as it became evident that food pantries were struggling to help the increasing numbers of families and individuals needing services, while facing decreasing donations due to people limiting social contacts.

“Seeing the volunteers eager to receive our food and paper goods donation as we dropped them off at our spiritual home made Vickie and me feel gratified that we could contribute,” Rabbi Stephen Fuchs said. “These are tough times for everyone, but those of us able to help those in need hopefully feel it is not only our obligation but our privilege to do so.”

“In this time of unemployment for so many attending to the need for food in our local pantries is especially important,” Senior Pastor John Danner said. “F.I.S.H. on Sanibel and the Gladiolus Food Pantry in the Harlem Heights section of Fort Myers make it possible for our two congregations to help ease hunger.”

Over 80 bags of food, as well as some school supplies, were collected for the food pantries.

The next drive will be held on Sept. 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at SCUCC, at 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. For more information, contact Pastor Deb at 239-472-0497 or deb@sanibelucc.org.