F.I.S.H. of San-Cap to provide holiday meal baskets
Thanksgiving is celebrated as a day of abundance and thanks by gathering with family and friends.
This year, however, due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the holiday will look and feel a lot different as travel restrictions continue and cautionary measures are still in place for large group gatherings. The impacts on islanders’ livelihoods due to the ongoing pandemic brings increased financial and emotional strain as they head into the holiday season.
As in years past, F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva will distribute bags of stuffing, rolls, fresh and canned vegetables, pies and a gift card to purchase a turkey or other holiday protein for the holiday. Bailey’s General Store generously donated the bags for the program, and F.I.S.H. is accepting food donations now through Nov. 20 at the Walk-In Center, at 2430 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.
“We are pleased that we can provide this program to those needing a hand up during the holidays,” Food Program Director Maria Espinoza said. “With such uncertainty in the air, it warms my heart to know that we can help.”
Last year, F.I.S.H. distributed over 130 baskets to community members; this year, it is expecting an increase in requests. Volunteers, using all COVID-19 precautionary measures such as face masks, hand sanitizing and social distancing, will assemble the baskets. F.I.S.H. will collaborate again with the Saint Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church Women, who have donated pies for each basket for years.
Distribution will take place by appointment on Nov. 23-24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon. Delivery will also be available. If you know someone in need of a basket, contact Espinoza at 239-472-4775.