Summer is the season to remember that our island neighbors in need can use your help now more than ever.
During our islands’ low season:
— Work hours are often cut, so households have less income
— 85% of F.I.S.H. volunteers have left for the summer, and
— Most importantly, the F.I.S.H. food pantry donations decrease, severely challenging their ability to help those needing grocery assistance
“You can help fill empty shelves and hungry tummies this summer,” said Bank V.P. and Sanibel-Captiva Office Manager Willy Ocasio, who also serves on the F.I.S.H. Board of Directors. “Please drop off non-perishable food items to Bank of the Islands’ Sanibel and Captiva offices as often as you can.”
The Bank’s Sanibel office is located at the intersection of Casa Ybel Road and Periwinkle Way. Its Captiva office is in the northernmost building on Captiva Drive.
“Our F.I.S.H. food pantry is one of the most used and most important programs we run. Food insecurity, especially in the off-season, is a growing issue for our island neighbors and employees,” said F.I.S.H. Executive Director Alicia Tighe. “In addition to private donations and grant funding that allow us to provide assistance, our generous local business community partnerships, including Bank of the Islands, ensure that families are receiving substantial and nutritious food to supplement their own grocery shopping.”
Please join Bank of the Islands in helping F.I.S.H. of San Cap, a United Way Partner Agency, fulfill their mission to lend a helping hand to those who live, work or visit our islands.
Bank of the Islands, a name synonymous with island community banking since 1974, is located at 1699 Periwinkle Way, at the corner of Casa Ybel Road, on Sanibel. The Captiva office is at 14812 Captiva Drive, next to the Captiva Post Office. As the oldest locally owned and managed community bank on the islands, Bank of the Islands is proud to be the winner of 41 “Best of the Islands” awards since 1999, including being chosen the Best Island Bank for 20 years straight.