The FISH Food Pantry provides supplemental food to island residents, employees and visitors in need year round. During the summer months, FISH experiences an increase in food pantry usage due, in part, to a reduction in hours for employees working on Sanibel and Captiva.
FISH works to keep the pantry shelves stocked for the nearly 500 households that use it throughout the year. However, when the need increases, it becomes more difficult to keep all of the necessary products on the shelves for the families that rely on it.
“May through September are particularly difficult for us,” said FISH President and CEO Maggi Feiner. “Many of our neighbors need additional assistance during the summer months. Work schedules are lighter and kids are home from school, which is an additional strain on a typical household budget. We use various sources to maximize our food pantry budget to keep the necessities in stock, but we can always use help from our community.”
Below are items the food pantry is currently in need of:
Canned Products: Tuna, chicken, vegetables, and soup, fruits and fruit juices, pork & beans, stews & other meats
Packaged Foods: Pasta, lentils, pinto and other beans, rice, macaroni & cheese, packaged dinners hot and cold cereals, peanut and other nut butters, protein, granola, energy or breakfast bars
Particularly because most of these items are not covered by SNAP benefits, FISH likes to keep personal hygiene and nutrition products stocked including shampoo, conditioner, soap, bath & shower gels, toothpaste and toothbrushes. Additionally, FISH accepts pet food donations to keep our neighbors’ furry family members nourished and healthy.
Food donations, including perishables, are accepted from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday at the FISH Walk-in Center, 2430 Periwinkle Way, directly behind Bleu Rendezvous Bistro. On weekends, individuals may leave non-perishable food and personal products in the drop-off bin located outside the Walk-In Center entrance.
Additional drop off sites include:
Bailey’s General Store, available during store hours
Bank of the Islands, available during bank hours
Sanibel Fire Department Station, 2351 Palm Ridge Road, available 24/7 (ring bell for drop offs after 4:30 p.m.)
South Seas Main Gate, available 24/7
The FISH Food Pantry is open to Lee County residents and is choice pantry where individuals may supplemental their grocery needs. Those who qualify can utilize the pantry from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. Certain restrictions may apply.