provided to The Santiva Chronicle
Bailey’s General Store is partnering with FISH of Sanibel Captiva for a milk donation drive to support local families in need. Guests who visit the store, 2477 Periwinkle Way, now through Aug. 30 can make a donation in $5 increments at the register checkout lane to join the fight against hunger.
“We know the economic impact of inflation and COVID has caused increasing number of families to turn to FISH’s Food Pantry for support,” said Bailey’s Owner Richard Johnson. “One-hundred percent of funds raised through our milk drive will be used to purchase milk at cost. We are proud to support FISH’s efforts to provide food to families throughout the year.”
A survey by Feeding America found 95 percent of food banks do not have enough milk available for families. And one in six Americans experience hunger – a number that increased to one in five during the pandemic. Hunger faces every community in the country, including our own Sanibel.
FISH’s Food Pantry provides hunger-relief services by distributing food and grocery items such as milk and other pantry staples. Access to milk can help close the nutrition gap because it provides potassium, calcium and vitamin D.
“Milk is one of the top three requested perishable items at our food pantry,” said FISH’s CEO Maggi Feiner. “We want to ensure families don’t miss out on milk’s high-quality protein and the essential nutrients it provides. We are pleased to partner with Bailey’s and have the opportunity to provide more fresh dairy to our clients in need. One of FISH’s main four pillars is to ensure everyone has access to nutritious foods.”