December 14, 2016
Santa Rosa Beach, FL
By: Jessica Roberts
HOLIDAY MIRACLES ABOUND WITHIN FOOD FOR THOUGHT SERVICES
Local Nonprofit Supplies Meals and Cheer to Those in Need
Holiday miracles come in all shapes and sizes. Spend one day in one of the Food For Thought Outreach Pantries and you’ll see miracles one after another and just maybe you’ll feel your heart grow three sizes.
Food For Thought has grown from feeding 6 students in their first year, to feeding 1,620 children each week of this current school year. That’s a 400% growth over the last three years and over 700 additional students from this time last year. Food For Thought provides these children with weekly backpacks of healthy, easy to prepare food items to close the gap between missed meals over the weekends. During school breaks, the organization continues their work. Food For Thought provides enough food to cover every meal missed over the school break which equates to at least 26 meals that the school would have provided on the free and reduced lunch program plus a traditional holiday meal for the family to share. Miracle.
During the holidays, there are many organizations in need. So, why Food For Thought? Erica Gibson Pierce, Vice President of Seaside Associated Stores, is quick to respond.
“Every year, every week we hear stories from our volunteers, teachers, and counselors that these services are small miracles. Our holiday service distributions are some of the most fulfilling and emotional moments all year long. These families not only get to bring food home, but also get to bring gifts, books, and hope,” says Tiffanie Nelson, Founder and Executive Director of Food For Thought Outreach.
Although, the organization has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support this year - their job is not done. Food For Thought needs your continued support to help restock and replenish their pantries. Incredibly, you can feed a child for the Spring semester for just $90.
Food For Thought is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Santa Rosa Beach, FL that provides backpacks filled with healthy, easy to prepare food for students who are dependent on free or reduced school meals. Our goal is to support a child’s development and educational experience by bridging the gap between school meals during weekends and holiday breaks. Food For Thought has been working to fight child hunger since 2010, and currently serves 21 schools in Walton and Okaloosa Counties, providing backpacks for 1,620 students each week. For more information, such as donation locations, pantry items needed, and opportunities to volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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