• Sponsor a Student or a School Today!!

    Help us kick of the 2019/2020 School Year by Sponsoring a Student or a School for the year.  Over 3,300 students will be enrolled in our program in 33 schools within Okaloosa and Walton Counties.  By sponsoring a student or a school, you will help to support all of the in-school programs for the school year: providing a backpack, weekly meals for the backpack program and snacks for the snack program.

    Get together with your friends, family, or coworkers and sign up for a sponsorship today!

    Sponsor a Student: $270 for the year

    Sponsor a School: $1K/semester (2 semesters/$2K in total)

    *Payment options are available for the sponsor a school program

    Click on the icons below to sponsor today!


    Posted by Katie Grace
  • Food for Thought goes #BacktoSchool!

    Believe it or not, Summer is almost over, which means…Back to School! Help kick off the school year by sponsoring a school or student in Okaloosa or Walton County.  For $1,000 per semester, you can sponsor a school; for $270 a year, you can sponsor a student.

    Sponsorship will include all in-school programs that FFT supports: Food & backpacks for the weekly Backpack Program, and food for the snack program for one school.

    Get together with your friends, family, or coworkers and sign up for a sponsorship today!


    Full List of Schools Available for Sponsorship:

    Baker Elementary/Middle/High
    Destin Elementary
    Edge Elementary
    Elliott Point Elementary
    Florosa Elementary
    Kenwood Elementary
    Lewis ELEM
    Longwood Elementary
    Mary Esther Elementary
    Bruner Middle School
    Destin Middle
    Lewis MID
    Northwest Florida Ballet Academy
    Pryor Middle
    STEMM Academy
    Okaloosa Academy
    Niceville High
    Bay Pre-K
    Butler Elementary
    Dune Lakes Elementary
    Maude Saunders Elementary
    Mossy Head
    West Defuniak Elementary
    WISE Center
    Seaside Neighborhood
    Emerald Coast Middle
    Walton Middle
    In10sity Magnet School
    Freeport High School
    Seacoast Collegiate
    South Walton High
    Walton Academy
    Walton High
    Posted by Katie Grace
  • Save the Date! Stock the Pantry 2019!

    Save the Date: Stock the Pantry Party
    Mark your calendars and start your food drives! The 6th Annual Stock the Pantry Party will be August 22nd at the Santa Rosa Beach Pantry. This food drive will kick off the 2019/20 school year to provide food for our backpack and snack programs.
    There are 17 team spots available for Stock the Pantry 2019.  Each team is competing to see who can collect the most donations to kick off the 2019/20 school year.

    Here are the Stock The Pantry 2018 Top 5 Teams! Who will take home the trophies this year?!?

    Scenic Sotheby's International Realty 76,449

    Newman-Dailey Resort Properties 51,483

    Sandestin Foundation for Kids 25,093

    Howard Hospitality 25,000

    Boys and Girls Club 15,094

    To register your team in the food drive competition please email Support@fftfl.org.
    Here are the suggested food items to collect during your food drive:

    Shopping List
    Suggested Food Items:
    Posted by Katie Grace
  • Employee Spotlight: Bennet Bastian

    Our program coordinator, Bennet Bastian, has had quite the array of experiences prior to joining the team at Food For Thought. A world traveler and volunteer with The Peace Corp, Bennet is fluent in four additional languages (German + 3 Ethiopian languages).  His two years experience with the Peace Corp and as a public health contractor in Ethiopia lead him to Food For Thought when he returned to his home on the Emerald Coast. 

    Bennet Bastian

    During his time in Ethiopia, Bennet focused on public health, organizing volunteers and gardening, which has translated well to his role at Food For Thought as the program coordinator.  He spends his time supporting the programs at each of the pantries (backpack, snack and garden), and definitely has become our go-to-guy for anything related to the Full Circle Garden, as he helps to keep them flourishing. In addition, Bennet is key in helping our program director facilitate the packing and delivery of the backpacks and snacks to each of the schools among the two counties FFT Serves.

    Bennet enjoys the interaction he has with the volunteers that come to help Food For Thought, and was drawn to FFT outreach knowing that it is helping to benefit kids in our community that are in need.  A native of Okaloosa County, Bennet said that if he were a kid today, he would likely have been a beneficiary of the FFT program as he was on the reduced meal program in school himself.  

    We appreciate all the hard work that Bennet does coordinating our backpack, snack and garden programs and are very thankful that he has a green thumb!

    Posted by Katie Grace
  • Employee Spotlight: Dinelle Putman

    Dinelle Putman

    In order to keep all of the Food For Thought programs in order, there is a lot of action that takes place behind the scenes, and Dinelle Putman keeps all things "programmatic" going as the Food For Thought Program Director.  

    For the last year, Dinelle has worked as the Program Director, overseeing all five of the year-round programs here at Food for Thought. This includes managing and directing a team for the Backpack, Snack and Summer Programs, as well as overseeing the Full-Circle Kitchen and Full-Circle Garden.  Dinelle ensures that each of these programs has all of the resources necessary and that they are running efficiently as each program has been growing.  Being the Program Director here at Food For Thought is an integral part of making sure Food For Thought Outreach continues to meet the needs of the kids in our community.

    Dinelle has not always worked in the non-profit sector, but has always been drawn to, and had the desire to work for a non-profit or mission of some sort.  After serving as a volunteer for Food For Thought through the bank she managed, Dinelle was drawn to the mission of FFT and began to look into more opportunities to work or serve.  She was pleasantly surprised when, in March of 2018, there was a full-time position available for a Program Manager.  Her 15 years of banking experience, the last three of which as an assistant branch manager, has lent her well to be able to direct the four programs at Food for Thought.

    Working at Food For Thought has allowed Dinelle to feel like she has a career that has meaning and purpose, and she loves that she is also able to be a part of and give back to her community.  Dinelle is looking forward to being part of the growth of Food For Thought, and excited for the new warehouse to open in DeFuniak Springs, allowing FFT to better serve the kids in Walton County. 



    Posted by Katie Grace