The National COVID-19 Pandemic is threatening America's food banks and many South Florida soup kitchens are seeing an increase in demand for food - especially healthy protein.
Enter Fillet For Friends, better known as the acronym - FFF.
FFF is a fishing non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was started in 2014 by a group of Upper School students from Saint Andrew’s to help feed the local community. Since then, members of FFF have traveled around Florida to collect over 3000 pounds of fresh fish that has fed over 7000 individuals.
COVID-19 has not stopped the non-profit from making a difference.
“Earlier this summer, a local fishing tournament, Trash Can Slam, was held in Pompano Beach, the first since the national shutdown,” stated Harrison Konsker ‘19, President of FFF. “As soon as we heard this was happening we knew that we had to attend to collect their surplus fish to help feed hungry, South Florida families.”
FFF ended up collecting 350 pounds of fresh fish from the local fishing tournament to help feed the less fortunate of Boca Raton.
“Boca Helping Hands was very grateful to receive the large donation, and we assured them that there is more to come,” added Konsker.
He also explained that as the state begins to reopen that the group is already lining up tournaments to keep serving those in need in Florida. He sees that local fishermen are being extremely generous right now because of the tough times and are helping to combat meat shortages and the increase in hungry citizens.
Furthermore, FFF recently just launched a fundraising campaign where they were able to collaborate with YETI and other companies in order to provide drinkware and apparel to the community.
Saint Andrew’s School would like to recognize the following students and alumni involved in FFF for their tremendous effort in making a difference in the lives of those in need:
Current Student Members in FFF:
Derek Fletcher ’21
Caleb Mores ’21
Paisley Herman ’21
Current SA Alumni Members in FFF:
Harrison Konsker ’19
Mac Herman ’19
Ben Mores ‘19
Emily Elhilow ‘19
Colin Riley ‘19
Matthew Adams ‘19
Dalen Michaels ‘19
As for the coming weeks, the Fillet for Friends team will travel to Sarasota in early August to attend another fishing tournament where they expect to donate 200 lbs of fish to continue helping those struggling.