Through the "Read to Feed" program, the St. Joe Community Foundation grants $0.25 for each accelerated reader test taken by a Walton County elementary school student and completed with a score of 80% or above to Food for Thought in support of our year-round efforts to end food insecurity for local children. We are delighted to announce that in the second year of the Read to Feed program, students raised $54,312.50, generously granted to Food for Thought by the St. Joe Community Foundation.

Foundation Director April Wilkes says, "We challenged the students of Walton County to step up their efforts in order to support their friends and classmates, and they came through in a big way." Students embraced this challenge during the 2022-2023 school year and completed 217,250 qualifying accelerated reader tests, up from 185,000 qualifying tests during the 2021-2022 school year.

The Read to Feed program not only supports our efforts at Food for Thought but also encourages reading and empowers the students of Walton County to help make a difference in their community. We are grateful to the St. Joe Community Foundation for continually supporting our mission through their generous giving.

Food for Thought Founder, Tiffanie Nelson, accepts a check from the St. Joe Community Foundation

If your business or organization is interested in partnering with Food for Thought to bring the Read to Feed program to Okaloosa County, please reach out to us by emailing