Kiwanis Club wraps up coupon book program for year
The Kiwanis Club of Sanibel-Captiva recently ended its “Diner’s Delight” coupon books program for 2020, a year in which business at local restaurants was severely affected by the COVID-19 virus.
Despite the disruption to normal dining-out, the club still managed to distribute about one-third of its usual amount of books, which were on sale from May through mid-December. The club noted that this would suggest that islanders’ demand for eating out may have been suppressed this year but not gone.
The club reported it is hopeful that when the “Diners Delight” program returns again in the summer and fall, participants will make up for lost time and the islands’ restaurants will thrive once again.
“Our club relies on the funds produced by this program to sustain our scholarship program and other Kiwanis activities and grants benefiting local youth,” President Bill Hay said. “However, the program is also designed to support local restaurants by encouraging the public to dine out more and to sample new places. In 2021, that will be more important than ever.”
The club extended its thanks to this year’s participating restaurants, including Blue Giraffe, Bubble Room, Doc Ford’s Sanibel/Captiva, The Dunes Country Club, Cielo, Island Cow, Island Pizza Company, Jerry’s Café, Joey’s Custard, Lazy Flamingo Periwinkle/Santiva, Mudbugs, Matzaluna, Normadie Seaside Café, Rosie’s Café & Grill, Keylime Bistro, RC Otters, Sunshine Seafood, Captiva Cantina, Sand Dollar, Sanibel Deli & Coffee Factory, Sanibel Fresh, Sanibel Sprout, Sunset Grill, Subway, Thistle Lodge, Seabreeze Café, Timbers, Thistle Lodge, and ‘Tween Waters Captiva House.
Until the economic impact of COVID is gone, the club encourages the public to do what it can to safely patronize local establishments through safe dining when possible and through takeout and delivery.