by SC Publisher Shannen Hayes
F.I.S.H. of SANCAP has been there for our neighbors in personal times of need and in times of natural disasters since its inception. Today, F.I.S.H. is here to help in this latest and most unique time of crisis – COVID-19. The virus is highly contagious and a potentially deadly respiratory illness with senior adults at the highest risk, according to the Center for Disease Control.
“We are extremely worried about our senior population on the islands, especially those who are already isolated and have limited access to information,” said F.I.S.H. President & CEO Maggi Feiner. “It’s important to pay attention to your neighbors and let them know help is available.”
The organization has made astute modifications to its operations to keep its most crucial services available while ensuring the safety of its clients, staff and volunteers. Meals-by-F.I.S.H. deliveries are being placed in a cooler set outside the door.
Intake forms for emergency financial assistance are being done by email or over the phone.
And as F.I.S.H. begins to see a surge in need for the food pantry, bags are prepared and distributed at the doorway of the building. F.I.S.H. has partnered with Bailey’s General Store to acquire available essential supplies and making every effort to fulfill client requests.
“Bailey’s has always been a wonderful partner to us throughout the years, and our community as a whole is incredible when any type of crisis effects our islands,” said Feiner.
Although senior adults are at higher risk of infection, families with young children are feeling the effects of the outbreak. Schools have been closed and after-school programs have been canceled. In response, F.I.S.H. has doubled-up its backpack program, which provides a week of food for children.
“We at F.I.S.H. share your concerns about the progression of COVID-19 and its impact on our islands,” said Board Chair Sheridan Snell. “Though there is a lot of uncertainty, we want to assure you that F.I.S.H. is here to help all of those affected throughout the entire crisis.”
To learn more about: F.I.S.H. Food Pantry, Meals-by-F.I.S.H., food backpacks or emergency financial assistance, call 239-472-0404 or visit fishofsancap.org. Anyone who would like to make a donation can also call or go online.
“At the end of the day, our message is simple: F.I.S.H. is for everyone,” said Snell. “Please don’t hesitate to contact us.”