F.I.S.H. to provide Holiday Meal Baskets
During the holidays, when many island neighbors are trying to balance expenses with gifts and food to create a joyous time for their families and children, F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva experiences an increase in requests for assistance.
F.I.S.H. offers a Holiday Meal Basket to families during the Christmas holiday. They are offered to households who are known to F.I.S.H. through participation in other programs or referred by community members. Last year, it distributed over 150 meal baskets — and it expects an increased demand this year.
“Many are still suffering from the reduction or loss of work hours since COVID-19 restrictions were put in place, and they still haven’t caught up with their bills,” Food Programs Director Maria Espinoza said. “We hope to take some of the financial burden off while focusing on the spirit of the holiday by providing a food basket with all the fixings for a wonderful holiday meal.”
Thanks to donors, community partners and volunteers, the baskets will include vegetables, sides, holiday “goodies” and a gift card to purchase a protein of choice. They will assembled and handed out just in time for the holiday, with distribution taking place on Dec. 21-23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those receiving baskets are encouraged to make an appointment for pick up; delivery may be arranged on a case-by-case basis.
Additional holiday programming includes the Adopt-A-Family program and a toy drive.
For more information, or if you or a family you know is in need of a Holiday Meal Basket, contact Espinoza at 239-472-4775.