• 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
  • Emeril Lagasse Full Circle Kitchen 2nd Anniversary!

    Emeril Lagasse Foundation Full Circle Kitchen

    We can hardly believe that it has been two years already since the Emeril Lagasse Full Circle Kitchen opened! This month, marks two years of giving kids the opportunity to learn to the invaluable life skill of learning their way around the kitchen, and of course how to prepare and cook food! 

    Food For Thought Fun Fact: The Emeril Lagasse Full Circle Kitchen is used THREE times a week and serves as a kitchen classroom for kids as far as Pensacola!

    Emeril Lagasse Foundation Full Circle Kitchen

    We have enjoyed watching the kids learn and have fun while cooking in the Full Circle Kitchen, as well as watching our volunteers and local chefs have a great time teaching and dining with the kids.

    Emeril Lagasse Foundation Full Circle Kitchen

    If you enjoy cooking or are looking for an interactive way to give back to kids in need in our community, contact us today to learn more about how you can help in our Emeril Lagasse Full Circle Kitchen!

    Contact us at: support@fftfl.org

    We also are very appreciative for the support of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation to our Full Circle Kitchen!

    Posted by Katie Grace
  • Full Circle Kitchen

    How cool is this?! This is a meal cooked by students from AMIkids in our Full Circle Kitchen under the instruction of invaluable volunteer Memorie Spence using greens sourced from our very own Full Circle Garden. Our goals of sustainability are becoming more real every day and made possible by the community that continues to invest in its future. And THAT is some real Food For Thought! If you would like to volunteer in the kitchen email volunteer@fftfl.org

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    Posted by Stephanie Groves
  • Emeril Lagasse Full Circle Kitchen!

    36: the number of classes that will be taught this year in our Emeril Lagasse Foundation Full Circle Kitchen! These classes are part of our increased efforts of sustainability and provide invaluable life skills to the kids who participate. We gather in the kitchen with some of the most at-risk students in our area and teach them life skills. We cook together, eat together and clean up together. This program has impacted our volunteer kitchen instructors as much as it has the kids! How can you be a part of it? Ask us how at www.fftfl.org

    And thank you to Emeril Lagasse for making this possible

    Posted by Stephanie Groves
  • Food Network's Kid Baking Champion- Aidan Berry

    What a treat!! It was so nice having the Food Network's Kids Baking Champion himself, Aidan Berry, in our Emril Lagassee Full Circle Kitchen this week! He taught students how to make the perfect holiday dessert and proved exactly why he won the competition. Thank you, Aidan!

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    Posted by Stephanie Groves